By: Clark Gesner
Director: Rebecca M. Baker
The original version of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown was based on the comic strip, "Peanuts," by Charles M. Schulz. Book, music and lyrics were written by Clark Gesner. First produced in 1967, the musical became an instant off-Broadway smash and ran 1,547 performances. Since then, it has become one of the most produced musicals in history. We will be performing the revised version, billed as a "new musical entertainment," which opened on Broadway in 1999. In his Feb. 14, 1999, review of the show for the New York Times, Vincent Canby states, "Among other things, you will discover a blissfully sunny alternate universe to the one of broken marriages, career compromises, alcoholism, mental breakdowns (plus the occasional redemption) that became so familiar in American literature of the postwar years."
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown tells the story of an average day in the life of the famous comic strip hero, Charlie Brown. The vignettes reflect moments picked from Valentine's Day to baseball season, ranging emotionally from wild optimism to utter despair. Charlie's kite won't do what he wants it to, he makes the final "out" in the baseball game he could have won, he doesn't have the nerve to talk to that little red-haired girl, and he thinks that few kids like him - but by the show's end, Lucy comes up to him and asserts, "You're a good man, Charlie Brown."