August 2014

"You're A Good Man Charlie Brown"

Author: Barbara K. Clark | Photographer: Alec Bishop

Every time I hear about the musical, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, it brings back warm memories of my ride-to-school buddy Bob back in the late ’60s. Bob and I were students at Palm Beach Junior College and performed together in many productions. Bob stood about 5-foot 3-inches and always looked up to my 5-foot 8-inch frame with a mischievous grin. Bob has a Robert Goulet voice, and it was astounding to me what came out of that small body! We are still friends today.

Bob was one year ahead of me, and in my senior year, he headed to the “Great White Way” to seek fame and fortune. To both our delights, Bob was cast as the second Charlie Brown in the off-Broadway show.

In 1969, I stood in front of my television set, tears streaming down my face with joy for my friend who waved to me from the Charlie Brown float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. Today, I have a warm memory of Bob as I write about the May River Theatre’s version of the show.

The producer is Ed Du Puis, with direction by Christine Grefe and Terri Hsu. Musical director is Beth Corry. It will play August 8-24, with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. at the Ulmer Auditorium at Bluffton Town Hall.

The intimate cast of eight includes: Benji Morgan, Charlie Brown; Kelley Ard, Lucy; Luke Cleveland, Linus; Adam Rich, Schroeder; Henry Dreier, Snoopy; Ellie Friedman Beck, Woodstock; Brittany Horlbeck, Frieda and Emily Rice, Sally.

“Even before rehearsals started, they were interacting with one another in their Charlie Brown characters, Grefe said. “This is a fun show for all ages and great summer entertainment.”
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown premiered off-Broadway in 1967 at Theatre 80 in the East Village and closed in 1971. It was based on the beloved Charles Schulz comic strip Peanuts. The original music and book were written by Clark Gesner. It was brought back to Broadway in 1999 with a total revamp and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical. You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown is presented with permission from Tams-Witmark, New York, New York.

Tickets are available by calling the box office at (843) 815-5581.
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