|“WHOOP UP” - Closing Notice Series
| Open: 07/10/07 Close: 07/12/07
Opening Doors Theatre Company presents the 50th anniversary presentation of 1957's Whoop Up - the third production in their acclaimed "Closing Notice" Series. Whoop Up is produced by Hector Coris. The production is directed by David Norman with musical direction by Ray Bailey and choreography by Dawn Trautman. The cast includes Matt David, David Demato, Christopher deProphetis, Alison Renee Foster, Nicole Hilliger, Dan Joiner, Gretchen Reinhagen, Michelle Solomon, Rachel Louise Thomas, Brian Walker, John Weigand.
Receiving it's first performance in fifty years, Whoop Up is a musical about Glenda, a tough talking woman who runs a saloon half-on, half-off a Montana Indian reservation. There is only one man who ever got the better of her, and when he shows up again a whole heap of trouble is stirred up not only for her but for the whole town. While it's a "golden age" musical comedy, Whoop Up was one of the first musicals to incorporate the "rock 'n' roll" sound into its catchy score. The show ran 56 performances at the Shubert Theatre before closing.
Opening Doors' "Closing Notice" Series is a set of "living cast album" presentations focusing on classic musicals that were either dubbed a "flop", had short commercial runs or most likely will never be produced again. Opening Doors respectfully presents these scores with the understanding that – unsuccessful or not – the creators poured their craft, guts and love into the work and they deserve to be heard once again – live on stage. The score will be presented in its entirety with a truncated book. The "Closing Notice" series began in December 2006 with the critically-acclaimed presentation of Bring Back Birdie (2007 MAC Award nomination - Outstanding Variety Production/Recurring Series), followed by the highly-anticipated It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman! (March 2007). Both shows played to sold-out houses.