Artistic Director MICHAEL MYERS discusses the creation of the country-western musical, Sneaky Ole Time, based on the songs of multi-Grammy-winning songwriter Paul Overstreet, now extended to Oct 31 at Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica.
“This all started when Paul and his producer, Yonta Taiwo, contacted me about doing this project to create a musical theater piece out of Paul’s songs. Well, Paul gave us access to his whole catalogue, including such well-known hits as When You Say Nothing at All and Forever and Ever, Amen. It was our job to figure out how to seamlessly make them part of a musical play. We started by interviewing different teams of writers, giving each of them access to some of the songs that meant a lot to Paul, asking them to come up with a play concept and an outline of what the show would be. When Steve Mazur came in with his plotline about this kind of crazy twilight country honkytonk bar idea, Paul, Yonta and I were really excited by it. We knew we were in good form because the original song that ends the first act, Paul immediately started to hum as soon as Steve proposed the idea. The show features 22 Paul Overstreet hit songs, mostly from his catalogue of hits, but also a couple of new ones that are being heard for the first time.”
Julio Martinez-hosted Arts in Review—celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area—airs Fridays (2-2:30pm) on KPFK (90.7FM). This Friday, Sep 18, Arts in Review welcomes cast members from the Geffen Playhouse staging of These Paper Bullets.