If you’re at a “certain age,” you know the feeling well — you walk in to a room and stop and say “I know I came in here for something.” Well, you’re not the only one, and now there’s a musical comedy that proves it: I Know I Came in Here for Something… (The Middle-Aged Musical!), performing at the Mac-Haydn Theatre on June 22 and July 13.
The team that brought you last summer’s smash hit The Real (Desperate) Housewives of Columbia County, Carl Ritchie and Wayne Moore, have put together clever lyrics and catchy tunes (The Baby Boomer Blues, You Haven’t Changed at All, Try Our Pill, Who Wants to Be Middle Aged? and more) to tell the story of four folks wandering through the mazes and amazements of middle age. Columbia County, Los Angeles and Las Vegas audiences roared with delight and so will you as they tell it how it is about the dangers and delights of “getting on in years.”
Diedre Bollinger and Cathy Lee-Visscher play Woman One and Woman Two. Both were featured in last year’s Housewives, which played to non-stop laughter as a Mac-Haydn Monday show. Ms. Bollinger has a wide range of performance credits, including roles in all of Carl Ritchie’s revues, and at area and Off-Off-Broadway theatres.
Ms. Lee-Visscher is a founding member and artistic director of Ghent Playhouse, where she has performed in numerous productions, including A Little Night Music, Side by Side by Sondheim, Pal Joey, The Countess and The Pantoloons. She is also an original cast member of I Know I Came in Here for Something and The Real (Desperate) Housewives of Columbia County.
Mark (“Monk”) Schane-Lydon and Brian Litscher are reprising their roles of Man One and Man Two in the show. Mr. Schane-Lydon is no stranger to the Mac-Haydn stage, having most recently been seen as Mayor Shinn in The Music Man, The Indian in The Fantasticks and Thenardier in Les Miserables. Monk won his first TANYS award for his portrayal of Fallstaff in the Merry Wives of Windsor at the Helderberg Theater Festival with the Classical Theater Guild, and has a multitude of leading and feature roles at Ghent Playhouse to his credit.
Mr. Litscher lists favorite roles of Mr..Bumble in Oliver!, Al in A Chorus Line and Spamalot Knight and Cat’s Cat in Forbidden Broadway. He has performed at area theatres including Barrington Stage and Berkshire Theatre Festival, and in cabarets in Lenox and Carnegie Hall.
Writer, lyricist and director Carl Ritchie has a host of shows performed in over 100 theatres in the US, Canada and as far away as New Zealand to his credit. Shows translated into French for award-winning productions in Quebec include Family Values (“Sacree Famille!”), which ran for four months off-Broadway. I Know I Came In Here For Something has performed in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The Real (Desperate) Housewives of Columbia County has been seen throughout this area and in New York City.
Musical composer Wayne Moore also worked on Housewives with Mr. Ritchie, and wrote the hit musical There’s No Place Like Hollywood for the Stella Adler Theatre and Freeway Dreams for The Gardenia, both in Los Angeles. He has written specialty material for stars such as Debbie Reynolds and Rose Marie and provided original lyrics as musical director for the national tour of I Love Lucy: Live On Stage.
I Know I Came In Here For Something (The Middle Aged Musical) will have two performances each day, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on June 22 and July 13. Tickets are $25.00, with a special matinee price of $22.50 for groups of 12 or more people. Tickets may be ordered by calling 518-392-9292 or order online at www.machaydntheatre.org .