Book by Mariana Elder
Music by Chris Miller
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International
This big universe of ours has become small, as we explore and see more. Same goes for this world we live in, which no longer seems so big anymore. Then, we see a small play or musical. Now and again one comes along that shocks us, because it is powerful in one way or another. How big the play or musical becomes is up to the writer, director, musical director, and cast. “The Burnt Part Boys” on show at the Towle Theater in Hammond, Indiana, became just that. A powerful performance that makes us feel so small again in theater. I am in awe and wonder of the simplicity, and the powerful presentation.
Before I get to the photos, I have to give another plug the set design. This dynamic arrangement not only completed the background, it also took you on the journey as you followed the actors to the coal mine. It was like watching your own life take place starting with home, travel through the mountains, and ending at the coal mine. A superb job of interaction!
Directed by Jeff Casey