Saturday, April 28, 2012

Hello! My Baby To Play Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara

The Cast of Hello! My Baby

For the first time in the company’s history, Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre is transferring a production to the legendary Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. On the heels of a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at Rubicon’s home in Ventura, the world premiere musical Hello! My Baby will play at the Lobero Theatre for three performances only next weekend - May 5 and 6. Described as a “Tin-Pantastic New Tuner for all ages,” the show is conceived and written by Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner and Tony Nominee Cheri Steinkellner, who is also a longtime Santa Barbara resident.

Set in the early part of the last century on the sidewalks of New York, the story follows Mickey McKee, King of the Song-Pluggers, who dreams of writing the next Tin Pan Alley million-selling hit song. Only problem is Mickey can't write a note – until he meets Nelly Gold, a factory worker with a talent for tunes and moxie to spare. Mickey and Nelly make beautiful music together until she puts on the trousers she once sewed, calls herself Ned, and becomes the new King of the Pluggers and Mickey's arch-rival. These mismatched young lovers and their unlikely friends sing, dance, bicker, and coo from Debutante Balls to Delancey Street, confronting class struggles, social reform, gender-swapping, street-thugs, and a whole lot of ukuleles, as they sell the songs we're still humming a hundred years later.

Hello! My Baby boasts a cast full of young, fresh-faced talent like Ciaraon McCarthy (National Tour of The Wedding Singer) and Evie Hutton (National Tour of Hairspray) starring as Mickey McKee and Nelly Gold, respectively. It also features stage veterans like Ojai resident George Ball (Broadway’s Jacques Brel…, Rubicon’s Man of La Mancha) as ambitious industrialist Stanford Tierney; and as song publishing team Ethel and Bert Coots, Kristine Zbornik (Broadway’s A Catered Affair) and Santa Barbara’s own Rich Hoag (Indy-Award winner for Will Rogers’ America). Tad Murroughs of Santa Barbara makes his professional debut as Artie Coots.

Hello! My Baby is playing at the Lobero Theatre on May 5th and 6th, 2012, with performances at 2:30 PM on both days, and a gala opening at 7:30 PM on the 5th. Tickets are available through the box office at 33 E. Canon Perdido St. in Santa Barbara. They can be purchased in person, by phone at (805) 963-0761, or online at www.lobero.com.

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