Kirsti Carnahan, the equity actress playing Keely Stevens, performs in a dress rehearsal of Pete 'N' Keely, which opens in New Harmony on July 20.
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New Harmony Theatre’s 25th season will wrap up with the musical comedy Pete ‘N’ Keely by James Hindman, with original Music by Patrick Brady and lyrics by Mark Waldrop.
Producing artistic director, Elliot Wasserman, did not think this anniversary season would be complete without bringing in individuals with a history tied to New Harmony Theatre. This musical is no exception. Scott LaFeber, artistic director for the summers of 1997-2006, returns as director of Pete ‘N’ Keely. Also returning are Kirsti Carnahan, equity actress playing Keely Stevens, local actor Steve Small, as the announcer, Kenney M. Green, the music director and piano player, and bass player Jonathan Isaac Lutz. These veterans of the New Harmony Theatre stage will be joined by equity actor Paul Binotto, playing Pete Bartel, and local drummer, Dr. Gregory B. Hagedorn, OD.
This hilarious musical tells the story of Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, one of America’s most loved singing-performing couples of the 50s, whose legendary breakup at Caesar’s Palace over Pete’s philandering led to less successful solo careers. But now it’s 1968, and Pete and Keely are “back together” to revive their careers in a live television special. Of course, singing together once again will require that they also speak to one another again. What transpires is a wild series of segments both in front of the live audience and backstage. Will love conquer all? Or will it be like Casesar’s Palace all over again? When this wonderful show opened in New York in 2000, Rex Reed called it “Broadway in a bottle--the brightest, happiest, and most entertaining little show in town."
Pete ‘N’ Keely runs July 20-22, July 27-29, and August 3-5. All evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. and matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $29 for adults, $27 for seniors (60 and over), and $12 for those under 25. New Harmony Theatre is a professional Equity theatre produced by University of Southern Indiana and is the Tri-state's only professional Equity theatre. Plays are performed in the historic Murphy Auditorium located at 419 Tavern Street in New Harmony. For more information, or to make a purchase, visit www.newharmonytheatre.com or call the box office at 812/682-3115 or toll free at 877/NHT-SHOW.