Married Alive! at Parkway Playhouse, opening tomorrow night!

July 16, 2009 at 1:05 am Leave a comment

Opening tomorrow night, runs July 16 – 25 at Parkway Playhouse.

Musically directed by Asheville Arts Center’s own Chuck Taft!

n98991661853_3003Married Alive!, an intimate musical comedy about two married couples — one newlywed and one married for decades — will cross the threshold of the Parkway Playhouse on July 16 and continue through July 25 with performances at 7:30pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday. There is also Saturday matinee on July 18 at 2:00pm. Tickets for the July 16 performance are $12.00. Tickets for all other performances range from $12-$22 with discounts available for students, active military, and seniors. Reservations can be made by calling the Parkway Playhouse box office between 1pm and 5pm Thursdays through Saturdays. Tickets can also be purchased on the theatre’s website at
The four-actor show by lyricist-librettist Sean Grennan and composer Leah Okimoto had its world premiere in 2006 at American Heartland Theatre in Kansas City, and the Production at the Playhouse will be the North Carolina premiere for the a show that is quickly becoming a hit show with productions selling out and being extended across the country.
“As soon as I looked at this show, I knew it would be something we should do” said Parkway Playhouse Producing Artistic Director, Andrew Gall- who is also directing the production. “This is a great show for Parkway audiences and we are doing it at the height of so many wedding and anniversary celebrations. Last summer our audiences loved Lunch At the Piccadilly, which was also a new musical and when the opportunity presented itself to do this show, I jumped on it.”
Written by Sean Grennan with music by Leah Okimoto, “Married Alive!” is a touching tongue-and-cheek chronicle of modern marriage — from Niagara to Viagra – as seen from the eyes of two couples: the wide-eyed newlyweds and seasoned “oldyweds”. “Married Alive!” lampoons every subject from new babies to empty nests, job stress, sex, and everything in between.

Paul (Bradshaw Call) and Erin (Kelly Christianson) have just said “I do” to start their long and fruitful marriage. At the same time, Ron (Parkway new comer, Steve Wilde) and his wife Diane (Melodie Galoway, also making her Parkway debut) have a little advice for the lovebirds and it isn’t always pretty, but it will make you cry from laughter.

As the show progresses, the two couples touch on virtually all “quarrelsome” issues such as babies, “empty nest” syndrome, sex, money, job stress, domestic bliss and the most important, love in the afternoon.

From there, the audience is taken on a roller coaster ride of sheer hilarity with few stops of poignancy along the way.

“We just drop in on two consistent couples here and there as they go along through their lives, dealing with life as we all do,” said Sean Grennan, author and lyricist of “Married Alive!” “Leah Okimoto [composer] and I tried to include a lot of the warts and pimples along with the good stuff.”

The 2009 Parkway Playhouse season is sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council, Blue Ridge National Hertiage Area, Young and McQueen Grading Company, and Carolina First Bank. For more information about performances or ticket reservations call 828-682-4285 or visit the Parkway Playhouse website at


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