New Work in Progress: Grumpy Old Men

Next, we chatted with Brad Kenney, the Executive Artistic Director, and Cheryl Farley, the Director of Marketing, Communications and Patron Services, at NAMT member Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, ME, about the theatre’s New Works Program and their upcoming production of Grumpy Old Men by Dan Remmes, Neil Berg and Nick Meglin. 


Ogunquit’s New Works Program was launched in 2016; what inspired the shift into producing new works, and how does this program fit into Ogunquit’s overall mission? 
NAMT: Our membership to NAMT. The exposure to workshops and outreach to our nonprofit and commercial colleagues have allowed the Ogunquit Playhouse to slowly find a way to sustainably introduce new works to our Main Stage, and also to make investments in an annual workshop series in NYC.   

Grumpy Old Men had its world premiere at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in Canada, but is only now receiving its American premiere. How did the show first find its way to Ogunquit and what makes now the perfect time to bring the show to your audiences?

The Ogunquit Playhouse has been in touch with creators of the title of the Canadian production—and have regularly brought it to the forefront of our season planning over the years. Because of our success in introducing new works we felt the title and timing was right for the Playhouse. 

What kind of work have you been doing with the authors to prepare for this production?
A number of readings have happened to work and refine the script and the music over the past twelve months.

What part of this show are you most excited to share with your audiences? 
We are most excited to share Neil Berg’s fantastic musical score that is in an upbeat Broadway style. Additionally, the work of the late Nick Meglin and Dan Remmes is leading us to a very adult and hysterical production that is perfect for our audiences.

Why should folks put Grumpy Old Men on their “must-see” list for the summer? 
Because of the themes of family, romance and hilarity, all wrapped up in a fun upbeat musical, directed by Matt Lenz—we hope we have created something new that will have a long life in the U.S. and beyond.

For more information about Ogunquit Playhouse and Grumpy Old Men, visit Ogunquit‘s website.

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