Rubicon Theatre's Hello! My Baby to Feature George Wendt and Kristine Zbornik
Rubicon Theatre continues its 2011-2012 Season of "Magic, Mystery and Music" with the World Premiere of HELLO! MY BABY, a Tin-Pantastic new tuner from the pen of CHERI STEINKELLNER, the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning writer of "Cheers" and a Tony nominee for Sister Act: The Musical.
Set in the early part of the last century on the sidewalks of New York, the story follows Mickey McKee, King of the Song-Pluggers, who dreams of writing the next Tin Pan Alley million-selling hit song. Only problem is Mickey can't write a note - until he meets Nelly Gold, a factory worker with a talent for tunes and moxie to spare. Mickey and Nelly make beautiful music together until she puts on the trousers she once sewed, calls herself Ned, and becomes the new King of the Pluggers and Mickey's arch-rival. These mismatched young lovers and their unlikely friends sing, dance, bicker, and coo from Debutante Balls to Delancey Street, confronting class struggles, social reform, gender-swapping, street-thugs, and a whole lot of ukuleles, as they sell the songs we're still humming a hundred years later.
Dubbed a "new-fashioned musical romance," HELLO! MY BABY both embraces and gently satirizes Broadway and movie musicals, rebooting the songs of Berlin, Gershwin, Kern, and a score of others, smartly weaving these updated hits into a fresh and funny farce for all ages.
HELLO! MY BABY is directed by Rubicon's Associate Producer BRIan McDonald, who has helmed the company's mainstage productions of Bus Stop and "Master Harold"...and the boys (both Ovation nominees for Best Play, Larger Theatre). The 22-member cast is lead by young up-and-comers CIARÁN McCARTHY and Evie Hutton. McCarthy, a Dubliner who trained at AMDA in New York, plays the cocky and charismatic Irish immigrant Mickey McKee. McCarthy appeared in the National Tour of The Wedding Singer and has worked with Musical Theatre West and MTG since moving to the L.A. area.
Hutton, recently returned to L.A. from the National Tour of Hairspray, plays plucky Nellie Gold, a young Jewish factory worker who struggles to bring in the money needed to pay rent on the Lower East Side tavern which is home for Nellie and her orphaned sisters.
The role of Nellie's older sister Francis is played by Jordan Kai Burnett (National Tour of Seussical) and McKENNA KYLIE TEDRICK, a Ventura middle school student, plays the precocious, outspoKen Younger sister Violet.
George Ball of Ojai (Broadway and Off Broadway productions of Jacques Brel... in New York and at Rubicon, leads at Goodspeed, Paper Mill Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum and The Old Globe), plays antagonist Stanford Tierney, an ambitious industrialist with a soft spot for his grandchildren Junior (Will Sevedge, a recent graduate of The Hartt School) and Alice (LILLI BABB, an Agoura Hills high school senior who has appeared onstage and in the HBO shows "Six Feet Under" and "Carnivale").
Other H!MB veteran actors are George Wendt and Kristine Zbornik, who provide comic relief as song publishers Bert and Ethel Coots. WENDT, best known for his multi-Emmy-nominated role as Norm on "Cheers," has extensive stage credits, having appeared on Broadway as Edna in Hairspray and Yvan in Art. Zbornik, a New York resident, appeared in A Catered Affair on Broadway, as Roz in the First National Tour of 9 to 5 and as Rosie in Mama Mia in Las Vegas.