Griffin Theatre Company opens its 25th Anniversary Season with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
C-l-e-v-e-r! Rebecca Feldman originated the improvisational play “C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E” to be performed by The Farm, an improv troupe in New York. The “Spelling Bee” was then workshopped and developed at the Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts. With music and lyrics by William Finn, book byRachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss, the Bee went to Broadway. It garnered six Tony Award nominations in 2005, winning for Best Book. The peppy musical is set in an elementary school gymnasium (designed this time with parochial perfection by Joe Schermoly). Six prepubescent kids battle for a chance to compete in the national spelling bee. The dull premise makes for an imaginative lampoon. And Griffin’s production had me LMAO! I’m certain this is the most fun anyone has ever had at a spelling bee!
Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.
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