Sonnet Repertory Theatre's Bard's Backyard series features staged reading workshops that allow the creators to work alongside theatre professionals as they continue to develop and explore their material. This summer's feature is an extraordinarily brave, funny, and quite profoundly moving musical, The Times. A delightful score and witty book and lyrics highlight this story about a couple's hilarious and poignant courtship and marriage under the spotlight of The New York Times.
The book and lyrics are by multi Emmy-award winner, Joe Keenan, the farce specialist responsible for crafting many of the most critically acclaimed episodes of TV's Frasier. The music is by Brad Ross whose work has been produced by The Kennedy Center and performed by major symphony orchestras across the country and Off-Broadway. The Times was awarded a Richard Rodgers Development Grant which led to a workshop at Manhattan Theatre Club and a fully-realized production at the Long Wharf Theatre. The Times went on hiatus until Sonnet Rep's 2005 Bard's Backyard was chosen as the vehicle for a revival.
"The Times is a winning endeavor-funny, acerbic and ultimately touching." -Chesley Plemmons, The News-Times
Appropriate For Ages: 13 and up