A review of “The Root Beer Bandits, A Rootin’ Tootin’ Wild West Musicale” with book by Joseph Leo Bwarie and Lori Marshall, and music by Rachael Lawrence running through October 31at the Garry Marshall Theatre.
What a wonderful welcome back to live theatre and what better way to instill the importance and the magic of live theatre in children than the Garry Marshall Theatre’s “The Root Beer Bandits, A Rootin’ Tootin’ Wild West Musicale.”
“The Root Beer Bandits, A Rootin’ Tootin’ Wild West Musicale” is a funny, clever, inclusive and heart-warming musical filled with absolutely brilliant songs. The cast is extraordinarily good. The songs sung beautifully and the storyline is chock full of poignant moments, cunningly subtle life lessons and great big characters. And there’s even a live band on stage…who are excellent!
The plot is this. The town of Sarsaparilla City is world renown for this excellent root beer but the recipe is a secret. A couple of no-good bandits plan to steal all the root beer in town and arrive on the same day as a young female pony express rider loses her horse trying to deliver a letter to the town sheriff. Chaos and mayhem and many many laughs ensue. This show is so much fun!! All the kids in the audience were calling out clues and prompts and the actors ate it up.
I love musicals. Garry Marshall Theatre has a long history of superb musicals, many of which I have had the pleasure of seeing. You can tell how delighted they are to have “The Root Beer Bandits, A Rootin’ Tootin’ Wild West Musicale” on their permanent roster of shows. If you have kids, or if you are a big kid yourself, then you shouldn’t miss this show, since its only running for the month of October, get your tickets now!!
Kelly Brandeburg (Beach Blanket Babylon), Tiffany Daniels (Nickelodeon’s That Girl Lay Lay), Josey Montana McCoy (voice of Kaeya “Genshin Impact”), Clayton Snyder(Disney’s “Lizzie McGuire”), and Cloie Wyatt Taylor (“Partners in Rhyme”)
Christine Lakin (director for ABC’s “The Goldbergs” and “Schooled”) is set to choreograph. Ryan Whyman (Troubadour Theater Company) will music direct. Costume design by Ovation-nominee Jessica Champagne-Hansen (Head of the Costume Program in the theatre arts department of East Los Angeles College), scenic design by Tanya Orellana (Princess Grace Fabergé Theatre Award recipient), lighting design by JM Montecalvo (“Trolls The Experience” in New York City), sound design by Ovation-nominee Robert Arturo Ramirez (“Arrow” on The CW), and props design by Siena LaGambina (Garry Marshall’s granddaughter). Casting is by Elizabeth Ayoob. Production stage manager is Brandon Hong Cheng.
Fridays at 6pm, Saturdays at 2pm, Sundays at 11am
Added performance Sunday, October 31 at 2pm
The Garry Marshall Theatre
4252 West Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91501