MERRY CHRISTMAS – from SNOOPY THE MUSICAL

VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS from CRUISING THE PAST…

Cruising The Past: WHEN DO THE GOOD THINGS START from the hit London revival of SNOOPY.

Cruising the Past: JUST ONE PERSON from the CBS ANIMATED SPECIAL of SNOOPY.

Snoopy!!! The Musical is a musical comedy with music by Larry Grossman and lyrics by Hal Hackady – the book by Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw, and Michael L. Grace. It is based on the Charles M. Schulz comic strip Peanuts.

Snoopy premiered on December 9, 1975 at the Little Fox Theatre in San Francisco, California. Directed by Arthur Whitelaw (You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Butterflies Are Free), the cast featured Don Potter, Jimmy Dodge, and Pamela Myers (Company).   Marc Breaux (Mary Poppins, Sound of Music) choreographed the show.

Snoopy was originally produced by Arthur Whitelaw, Michael L. Grace and Susan Bloom.

There have more than a 3,000 productions of the show with thousands of performances. It is estimated that one in every ten actors or actresses who were in high school or college drama classes performed in Snoopy or You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. A reunion of performers playing Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus or Lucy would fill Madison Square Garden.

The musical was produced in New York at the Lambs Theatre with a run long run from 1982 to 1983. Directed by Whitelaw, the cast included David Garrison as Snoopy, Terry Kerwin as Charlie Brown and Vicki Lewis as Peppermint Patty. Lorna Luft played Peppermint Patty in several productions.

Snoopy was a major hit in London.  It played at the West End Duchess Theatre from 20 September 1983 through 11 November 1984 for 479 performances, and featured Susie Blake. The production was nominated for the Olivier Award, Musical of the Year, and Teddy Kempner was nominated Actor of the Year in a Musical.

It was revived at the Off-West-End Jermyn Street Theatre in February 2003. The musical ran at the New Players Theatre, London, in July 2004, with several cast members from the Jermyn Street production and again directed by Whitelaw, the original director.

Snoopy has been a major hit in Japan and with the strong Chinese interest in the comic strip Peanuts – the show will soon be produced in China.

Internationally, SNOOPY has had major productions in worldwide – Pairs, Berlin, Stockholm, Sydney, Mexico City, Auckland and on and on.

A prime-time animated TV special based on the musical, also called Snoopy!!! The Musical, aired on the CBS network.

SNOOPY has been produced by many regional theatres – including recent productions in San Francisco, Portland, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston.

To produce SNOOPY THE MUSICAL or YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN – please contact TAMS-WITMARK INC.  This link will take you to the TAMS-WITMARK website.

There have been two original cast recordings of SNOOPY – available from Amazon by clicking here.  The animated version is available on DVD.

SNOOPY THE MUSICAL and YOU’RE A GOODMAN CHARLIE BROWN are among the top twenty musicals produced in America and world-wide annually.

SNOOPY IN JAPAN AND CHINA

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About Michael L. Grace

MICHAEL L. GRACE is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. SNOOPY continues to be one of the most produced shows (amateur & stock) in America/Worldwide and has had long running productions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in London's West End. There are over 100 individual productions every year. He has written movies for TV, including the award-winning thriller LADY KILLER, various pilots and developed screenplays for Kevin Costner and John Travolta. Besides co-writing and co-producing SNOOPY, he wrote and produced the one-man play KENNEDY. He produced P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD by pulitzer prize winning author James Kirkwood. He wrote the stage thriller FINAL CUT which had productions in the UK, South Africa and Australia. His one-man play, KENNEDY - THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH, was developed for HBO and has starred Andrew Stevens, Gregory Harrison and Joseph Bottoms. He has recently been involved in European productions with CLT-UFA, Europe's leading commercial television and radio broadcaster. He wrote MOWs THE DOLL COLLECTION, THE BOTTOM LINE and LAST WITNESS for German television. While in college and graduate school he worked as a foreign correspondent for COMBAT, the famous leftwing Paris daily, and as a travel writer. He visited more than 50 countries. He struggled as an actor, then joined the enemy and entered the training program at William Morris. He became a publicist and worked for Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, at Paramount and MGM. He followed with a brief stint as a story executive, working in the frantic horror genre period of the early 80s and wrote THE UNSEEN. He went onto write for episodic television and develop series pilots. He was a continuing writer on such series such as LOVE BOAT, PAPER DOLLS, and KNOTS LANDING. He developed screenplays for such major award winning directors as Nicolas Meyers, Tony Richardson and J. Lee Thompson. He has written for all the major networks and studios. He has been hired numerous times as a script doctor, doing many uncredited rewrites on TV movies and features. He is currently writing A PERSON OF INTEREST, a thriller novel, and, IT'S THE LOVE BOAT... AND HOW IT CHANGED CRUISING BY SHIP a non-fiction book dealing with how the hit TV series as a major cultural phenomenon and altered the style of cruising by ship. He was raised in Los Angeles. He attended St. Paul's, USC and the Pasadena Playhouse. He received a B.A from San Francisco State University where he majored in theatre arts and minored in creative writing. He is listed as a SFSU leading alumni. He also apprenticed at ACT - The American Conservatory Theatre. For a brief period he had intentions of becoming an Episcopal(Anglican) priest and attended seminary at Kelham Theological College in the UK. When "the calling" wasn't there, he left seminary and did graduate work at the American University of Beirut. He has guest lectured at USC, UC San Diego, McGill, Univ. of London and the Univ. of Texas on the business aspects of making a living and surviving as a writer, focusing on development hell, in the Hollywood entertainment industry. Grace is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatist Guild and former regional chairman of the Steamship Historical Society of America. He resides in Palm Springs.

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