I Do! I Do!: A Musical About Marriage
Arts Theatre, UNE – November/December 2004
Directed by Kristin Adair
Book and lyrics by Tom Jones. Music by Harvey Schmidt. Based on The Fourposter by Jan de Hartog. By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd Exclusive agent for Music Theatre International, NY.
I Do! I Do! is a warm-hearted musical comedy about two people and 50 years of their marriage, beginning with the wedding and honeymoon night; through the trials and tribulations of having a family, marital spats, affairs, break-ups and empty nest syndrome; to old age and leaving their house and their beloved old four-poster bed for the next young couple.
The Playhouse performance sets the show from the 1920's to 1970's.
A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
About 20 years ago, a very dear friend asked me if I would be interested in performing in a two person musical with him. He was in love with the music and the story of I Do! I Do! And he thought I would be as enthusiastic about the show as he was. Well, I fell in love with it also after listening to the music, over and over again - until the cassette (as they were in those days) fell apart. We never did get to perform the play together, and it has remained a burning desire in me ever since to see the play come to life on stage.
In its golden jubilee year, the Playhouse has now given me that chance. This year not only marks 50 years of community involvement for The Playhouse, but it is also the 50th anniversary of this musical, which was first performed in 1954 on Broadway It oriqinally starred Mary Martin and Robert Preston in the roles, with later couples including Carol Burnett and Rock Hudson.
I have been thrilled to have now had two similarly talented people, in Tracey James and Doug Rumble, put up their hands to play these roles. As well, I have had the support and backing of a Group of marvelous, very talented people behind the scenes, doing all the other “unsung hero" work. I thank them all from the bottom of my heart for making my dream come true.
The Wedding: All the Dearly Beloved; Together Forever;
Where are the Snows?
Agnes: Tracey James
Conductor: Emma Chapman
Production Manager: Martin Carroll
Tim Clark (UNE Theatres Manager), The Armidale District Musical Society, Jody Brash
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