Selected monologues from The Spitfire Grill including video examples, context and character information. Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2015. *The Los Angeles production received a Dramalogue Award nomination for Best Musical. "The Spitfire Grill" has the heart and soul that your "Producers" and "Full Monty"s cannot begin to approach. The composer is forced to come up with music that is very similar to his previous effort--but somehow different. The Off-Broadway production featured Phyllis Somerville as Hannah, Garrett Long as Percy, and Liz Callaway as Shelby. He leads her through the deserted streets to a ramshackle diner called the Spitfire Grill, run by a crusty old widow, Hannah Ferguson (originally played by Phyllis Somerville), who has a bad hip and sharp tongue. Weeks go by and essays begin to pour into the Grill from far and wide. The shame of it killed her husband. Shelby tells Percy about Hannah and Gilead’s past – the day her childhood hero went off to war and her hometown changed forever. These threads are woven into all the stories told in “The Spitfire Grill”, and echoed in the history of the musical itself, which breathed new life into a tale first told in a little-known independent film. There are some cases in which the music from a film can stand out on its own. Authors James Valcq and Fred Alley had been friends since high school music camp in 1980, but it wasn’t until 1994 that they collaborated on "The Passage" for Alley’s American Folklore Theatre in Wisconsin. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. An unexpected story of hope and forgiveness, it will have you singing for days! *The San Francisco production won the Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Open your heart and visit the Spitfire Grill.”, Victor Gluck of the Associated Press described it as “a lovely new musical in the Rodgers and Hammerstein tradition.” In Show Business Weekly, David Hurst wrote that “The score by James Valcq is a mixture of country, bluegrass, and Broadway-styled pop ballads that is always stirring and pure Americana in sound with heartfelt lyrics by the late Fred Alley.” According to Billboard, “In a genre known for being big and brassy, it's always a pleasure to come across a musical that revels in its quiet moments. Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2000. The Spitfire Grill – A Musical 10/03/2019 - 11/02/2019. In SPITFIRE GRILL, Horner manages to evoke a kind of rural mysticism that is both relaxing and quite comforting to experience.

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