Far out, man.
Far out, man.
"Back to the Garden," an original musical about Woodstock from Columbus-based Shadowbox, will be performed at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, in Schiller Park.
Katy Psenicka, general manager and choreographer at Shadowbox, said Schiller Park is a fitting location, considering the original festival was held outside.
"They can really get as close to Woodstock as possible," she said.
Admission is free, but organizers will be asking for donations for Actors' Theatre of Columbus, a troupe based in German Village. A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase.
The original musical, which premiered last fall at Shadowbox, has an enduring message about freedom, peace and love, Psenicka said. The music also stands the test of time, she said.
"It's giving baby boomers the opportunity to share with their children and their children's children a slice of their generation," she said.
The cast, which features a total of 110 people, will perform such songs as Jimi Hendrix's "The Star-Spangled Banner" and Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help from My Friends." Other numbers, including Crosby, Stills and Nash's "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" and The Who's "My Generation," will be chorus performances.
John S. Kuhn, artistic director for Actors' Theatre, said he was contacted by representatives of Shadowbox, who were interested in seeing how the show would tour.
"I thought it was a marvelous idea. They've got some really talented performers and they do a great job," he said, adding that he's pleased with the generosity shown by Shadowbox.
In return, Actors' Theatre will end its current show, "Much Ado about Nothing," a day early, Kuhn said.
Kuhn and his wife, Cate Blair-Wilhelm, will be part of the show, playing characters who attended Woodstock and talk about how it changed their lives. (Kuhn said that he is "of age" to have attended Woodstock but didn't.)
He said he expects "Back to the Garden" to bring "a very different audience down to the park and generate some interest in coming to see our productions."
"I think it's going to be a huge crowd," Kuhn said. "The show is amazing and when you put that show in the park it's going too be like Woodstock. It's going to feel like we're back there."