Barter Theatre has announced that it is extending the run of its hit musical comedy "I'll Never Be Hungry Again." The show has been selling out houses in Barter Stage II (167 seat venue), and the audience reaction has been so overwhelmingly enthusiastic that the production will move to Barter's larger Main Stage April 6.
Audiences and reviewers have raved about the tongue-in-cheek send-up of Gone With the Wind. "This is one wickedly good production" - Bristol Herald Courier. "A rollicking, rocket-fast trip through Dixieland that spares none in its wake." - Washington County News
Stephen Scott Wormley (Jonny, "Zombie Prom" and Terk, "Tarzan") plays David, a grad student assigned the book for a Southern literature class. When David passes out in the middle of the story, he wakes up to find himself in an over-the-top alternate reality, where "Starlett O'Hara" (Erin Parker) is wooed by "Whet Butler" (Nick Koesters) and strives to save her plantation Terra Firma from the Yankees with the help of "Whammy" (also Nick Koesters!). It's only a crazy dream, right? Or is it?
Slightly skewed and fraught with musical zaniness, "I'll Never Be Hungry Again" has its tongue firmly in its cheek as it asks: will Starlett and that scallywag Whet Butler ever hook up? Is Smelanie Hamilton really that sweet? Can Whammy teach Sissy how to tap?
"I'll Never Be Hungry Again" is written by Catherine Bush, music by Gary Bartholomew.
Playwright Catherine Bush says that the appeal of the show is easy to explain. "It's wildly ironic and a wonderful ride! Gone With the Wind is such a classic- and so deliciously spoof-able. Carol Burnett was the first to figure that out in the 70s. I'd like to think that Gary and I picked up where she left off."
"I'll Never Be Hungry Again" is sponsored by Reynolds American Inc., Strongwell, the Elizabethton Star, WCYB and Fun Things to Do in the Mountains. Barter Theatre season sponsors are Alpha Natural Resources, BVU, Eastman Credit Union, Mountain States Health Alliance and the United Company. Barter Theatre is partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
"I'll Never Be Hungry Again" opens April 6th at Barter's main stage. For tickets and more information, call (276) 628-3991 or visit BarterTheatre.com.