My Catskills Summer feat. Barry Williams at the Gordon Jewish Community Center 

Is There a Tummler in the House?

Is There a Tummler in the House?
Yes, that would be the Barry Williams, famous forever as Greg Brady, one-eighth of TV’s The Brady Bunch — but we can guarantee you he didn’t get this gig because the suit fit. Nashville playwright/songwriter Jay Kholos struck gold with his first musical, A Stoop on Orchard Street, which premiered in Nashville and went on to run for more than 700 performances off-Broadway in 2003. Hoping lightning will strike twice, Kholos returns to the site of his first hit, the Gordon Jewish Community Center, with his new musical: a fond evocation of a Catskills resort hotel in the 1950s, set roughly a decade before Dirty Dancing and the Diane Lane drama A Walk on the Moon. Williams plays an 88-year-old grandfather and gets to belt out the probable show-stopper “My Manhattan,” and he’s flanked by a cast full of professional talent: They’ll remain with the show (along with its Goodwill-scavenged props) as it winds its way to New York early next year. Also, we’ve been told that Kholos’ daughter Michelle, herself a playwright, will attend the March 13 show with her husband, World War Z author Max Brooks — and an invite has been issued to Brooks’ father, known to you as Mel Brooks. This Summer’s heating up already. Tickets run $39.95-$49.95.
March 11-14, 2010

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