BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS
The Ginger Musical
August 13, 2015 - September 20, 2015
She danced her way into our hearts in the arms of Fred Astaire, setting the gold standard for grace and elegance on the silver screen. In her surprising true-life story, we follow Ginger Rogers from the vaudeville stage at the age of 15 through her ascension to Hollywood goddess. The Musical is a candy box of show-stopping dance numbers and a parade of beloved songs. It is the story of a small-town girl from Texas who dazzled the whole wide world, playing everything from 'the girl next door' to the modern woman with a mind of her own. Discover some surprising revelations about the movie legend.
Backwards in High Heels was conceived and developed in 2007 by Lynette Barkley and Christopher McGovern, with book, musical arrangements and original songs by McGovern. It takes its title from a widely quoted quip from a 1982 “Frank & Ernest” cartoon about Astaire and Rogers: “Sure he was great, but don’t forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did — backwards and in high heels.”
Combining original songs by Christopher McGovern with vintage movie musical numbers like 'Fascinatin' Rhythm,' 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off,' 'Embraceable You,' “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” and 'A Fine Romance,' the musical is a toe-tapping account of the public and private life of the actress best known as Fred Astaire's dance partner. Ginger Rogers walked away from her partnership with Astaire at the peak of its success, going on to become an acclaimed actress as well as one of the industry's first women to demand equal pay. The story follows Rogers from the time she arrived in Hollywood as a 14-year old aspiring starlet through 1940, when the 37-year-old actress won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the film 'Kitty Foyle.'"
The musical premiered at Florida Stage in 2007, where it sold out its entire run.
We are thrilled to bring this new hit to the WBT stage! Jeremy Benton, who starred in our productions of Singin’ In The Rain and White Christmas, will direct and choreograph the show. The Assistant Choreographer is Amy Van Norstrand. The Musical Director is Jose Simbulan.
Our production stars Darien Crago as Ginger Rogers, and Jeremy Benton as Fred Astaire. Featured, are Erika Amato, Avital Asuleen, Jacob ben Widmar, Matt Gibson, Sebastian Goldberg, Ryan Steer, Amy Van Norstrand.
Set Design is by Steve Loftus, Lighting Design is by Andrew Gmoser, Sound Design is by Jonathan Hatton, Costume Design is by Heidi Giarlo. Hair/wig design by Jodi Mancuso. The Production Stage Manager is Victor Lukas, Jonathan Hatton is the ASM. Properties are by Grumpy Props. As with all our productions, Lisa Tiso is the Associate Producer.