In 1950, artistic icon Charles Schultz introduced the world to lovable loser Charlie Brown; his beagle sidekick, Snoopy (the dog that was more human than canine); and the rest of the eclectic Peanuts gang of personalities. Peanuts went on to achieve considerable success, appearing in more than 2,000 newspapers around the world, in a variety of notable holiday specials, and even came to life on the musical stage. After 50 years of the Peanuts gang entering our lives on a daily basis, in 2000, Schultz put the friends to rest, and the last strip was printed the day after he passed away.
On March 18, theater producer Vicki Halmos and her company, EntrActe Theatrix, bring the entourage back to life in Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown, onstage for the first time at Mizner Parks Black Box Theater. The Tony Award-winning musical has been seen on a myriad of stages since opening in 1967, but according to Halmos, EntrActe Theatrix will put its own spin on the production dealing with current-day social issues. The musical just like the award-winning comic strip is delightfully warm-hearted and funny but also carries an undercurrent of spiritual depth and adolescent insight, says producer Halmos. The EntrActe Theatrix production of Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown will have a definite antibullying subtext based on the personal issues of each character, such as Charlie Browns low self-esteem, Lucys bossy behavior, and Pig Pens lack of good hygiene. This beloved musical comedy will certainly fill hearts with whimsical feelings and childhood nostalgia.
Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown runs March 18 to 27 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Centers Black Box Theater, located at 433 Plaza Real, Ste. 339. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $10 for students, and free for children under age 13; group rates are also available for $20 with a 15-ticket minimum. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 877-877-7677 or online at completeticketsolutions.com.
March 18-27, 2011