Folk America to Ferguson to the VMAs: Woody Guthrie Immortalized in Latest Production 'Woody Sez' at Hartford's TheaterWorks
The musical vineyard that is Woody Guthrie speaks to a history of America that still rings true today. As the events in Ferguson, M.O. unfold, pop stars and obscure voices alike come together at the VMAs to stand up for what they believe in, not unlike Guthrie in a more rural country.
But a troubadour who sang to the blue-collar community brought together an age of Americana that has fallen through the cracks in time. For all the people who need a voice to sing for them don't always receive nowadays (as the landscape of topical songwriting and music as a whole continues to change).
The story of Woody Guthrie, thus, is chronicled in a new show about America's beloved, this time coming to us from Connecticut.
Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie is a new production at TheaterWorks in Hartford and is a tribute that includes humor and biography that keep Woody safely on the ground while immortalizing him as a giant.
The company is led by David M. Lutken, who doubles as Guthrie and creator of Woody Sez with help from director Nick Corley and, from the original cast, Darcie Deaville, Helen J. Russell and Andy Teirstein.
Simple songs from the Guthrie canon are sang--familiar tunes like "This Land is Your Land," and "This Train is Bound for Glory."
A review from The New York Times talks to some good folk about the new show and what they are doing out there in C.T.
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