(Alexandria, MN)  The Andria Theatre opens its new 2021-22 season with a relatively new musical, based on a very familiar movie.  "Grumpy Old Men: The Musical" is the story of two aging men, John and Max (played by Kip Sundlee and Joe Korkowski), neighbors who have been feuding for most of their lives. Invigorated by their shared affection for their new neighbor across the street, the beautiful, eccentric, and charming Ariel (Becky Byrne), they face-off as romantic rivals until their hilarious shenanigans finally bring about a resolution to their long-standing differences.

Based on the 1993 film "Grumpy Old Men", which starred Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, and Ann-Margret, this stage adaptation captures the lovably crotchety characters through twinkling humor, great songs, and the affectionate depiction of a small town that feels like home to everyone.

There are many common scenes from the movie, but the theatre version has a host of great musical numbers that become what Director Ann Hermes calls earworms.  Some of them have great messages about living life (The Mirror Lies, Parents and Paradise, Best Man), others were about appreciating what's around you (When No One's Around, Your Own Home, An Angel, Heat Wave, Family or Friend) to silly songs (Way to Go, Life is All About Livin', Snyder Comes Along, In Like Flynn). 

The feuding neighbors family members are also very involved in entertaining anyone who buys a ticket the show.  John's father, Grandpa Gustafson (Allen Arvig) along with John's daughter Melanie (Jessica Paulsen) round off his family, while Max's son Jacob (Justin Roob) are the lone Goldman family members.  In the show, John is hounded by the relentless IRS agent Sandra Synder (Rachel Barduson).  The townspeople of Wabasha weave their way into the storyline as well, providing so much more than chorus arrangements and fun transitions.  They are also vital to turning the sets and props around in record time as the show flies from scene to scene.  Among them are Chuck Barrels (Kevin Lee), the owner of the bait shop, his cousin Punky (Sandy Susag), the mailman Harry (played Nick Segaar), Pastor Tim (Carrie Smoley), Unis (Dina Shea), Stan (Dan Melby), Fran (Monica Peterson), Karla (Pat Finnestad), Bo (Ben Cook) and Lo (Noah Hubbard. 

Cast members Kevin Lee, Becky Byrne, Rachel Barduson and Director Ann Hermes were interviewed by fellow cast member Joe Korkowski September 27th on KXRA's Openline program.  (AUDIO BELOW):

SHOWTIMES: 

September 30-October 3, and October 7-10, 2021                            (Thur-Sat 7:30pm / Sun at 2:00pm)


TICKETS:

  • Online at Andria Theatre's online ticket office
  • In the Box Office at 618 Broadway Street, Alexandria, MN
  • Via Phone (320) 762-8300

CREW:

  • Director......................................... Ann C. Hermes
  • Assistant Director ...........................Bonnilynn Tungseth
  • Music Director................................. Heather Hjelle
  • Assistant Music Director.....................Noah Hubbard
  • Choreographer................................ Tami Bredeson
  • Set Designer / Construction.............. Greg Bohl
  • Costume Designer / Construction .......Janet Baker
  • .Props ...........................................Hilary Ninman
  • Hair / Makeup.................................KD Tomoson
  • Lighting Design/ Light Board /Projectionist......Holly Wallerich
  • Sound Design/Sound Board ..............Greg Raether

GRUMPY OLD MEN THE MUSICAL

  • Book by DAN REMMES
  • Music by NEIL BERG
  • Lyrics by NICK MEGLIN
  • Adapted from the Warner Bros. motion picture written by MARK STEVEN JOHNSON
  • Additional orchestrations by PHIL RENO