The Spitfire Grill

WEST COAST PREMIERE

THE SPITFIRE GRILL

music and book by James Valcq and lyrics and book by Fred Alley

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE

November 29, 2002

WEST COAST PREMIERE

 

2002 OC WEEKLY AWARD BEST MUSICAL

"Atmosphere is everything in a musical about small town life, and director Nick DeGruccio captures it throughout the Laguna Playhouse production. Director DeGruccio is also choreographer, and he guides the cast fluidly around the stage so that their constant interaction has the pulsing flow of dance." - Variety

"The musical is making its first West Coast appearance at Laguna Playhouse in a superb staging by Nick DeGruccio.  ...there is something irresistible about this show." - Los Angeles Times

"In this compelling production directed and choreographed by Nick DeGruccio, vocal and dramatic strength entwine in a moving, memorable evening." - Coastline Pilot

"Alley’s songs are delivered with such earnest conviction by the truly exceptional cast that only the most hard-hearted critic would fail to be won over. Anchored by Cotton’s subtly moving lead performance and an absolutely outstanding turn by Huber, each member of the cast invests their character with authentic heartache and simple grace, making this the strongest ensemble performance I’ve seen all year."  - OC Weekly

"Much of the show's success is due to director Nick DeGruccio, who makes even highly melodramatic moments come to life." - LA Weekly

 

"This West Coast premiere is a polished production that's both lavish and humble...charming staging." - BackStage West

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