Technically being promoted as a world premiere, this musical by Nashvilles Parrish Stanton actually first debuted publicly about a year ago in a workshop production at the Darkhorse Theater, which revealed a dull, clichéd book vaguely covering the same terrain as Peter Bogdanovichs 1993 film The Thing Called Love you know, wannabe country singers hang out at the Bluebird trying to fulfill their long-held career aspirations, find romance, etc. Stantons uninspired, rather boilerplate country-pop score didnt help matters back then, either, but hes since enlisted Ted Swindley as mentor in an attempt to rework the material and re-stage the piece with theatrical credibility. Presenting the show for three weekends at the Country Music Hall of Fame might also help on that latter score. Swindley directs, and the cast features real-life music-biz wannabes Mike Callahan and Mika Combs (she of the short-lived 2007 FOX reality show Nashville), plus country-music veteran Karen Wheeler and character actor David Kinnard. Stantons co-writers on the tunes include Jeff Pedigo, Bill Warrington, Mike Vance and Scott Stepakoff.
Fri., March 19, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 20, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 21, 3 p.m.; Fri., March 26, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 28, 3 p.m., 2010