Words and Music by Gregg Opelka; Book by Todd Mueller and Hank Boland
Directed by Mitchell Kontoff
Friday - Sunday
June 22, 23, 24; 29, 30,
July 1; 6, 7, 8
This brand new musical is from Todd Mueller, Hank Boland and Greg Opelka the authors of "Monky Business" which the Valley Players did to great acclaim two years ago. "Soup" has lots of songs, witty dialogue and one-liners and distinct and interesting characters which makes this musical fun for actor and audience alike.
Director, Mitchell Kontoff, who has directed over 15 Valley Players productions including "Monky Business”, brings his broad experience as producer, actor and director and his love of a good time to this new endeavor.
The experienced and talented cast included:
Nina Brennan (Duxbury) as Katherine, the intrepid reporter who uncovers the secret about the secret recipe and falls in love.
Billy Hannon (Duxbury) as Franklin, the best friend of Stewart and the bartender everyone confides in.
Jennifer Howard (Fayston) as Shelly DeCoco, the tasteless food critic in search of the next scandal who has her own secret.
Martin Pincus (Moretown) as JP, the lovably irascible editor in search of the story to sell newspapers.
Ruth Ann Pattee (Warren) as Tiffany, the gold (should we say restaurant) digging debutante.
Jon Sanborn (Barre) as Stewart Bailey, the very nice guy who owns the restaurant Tiffany is marrying.
The fantastic, melodious orchestra included:
Joan Foster (pianist, conductor)
Dan Bruce (pianist, conductor0
Diana Stone (violin)
Shep Resnick (clarinet)
Bob Dansker (bass)
Cody Sargeant (percussion)
"Soup du Jour" is an enchanting musical comedy that takes you back to the days of the classic romantic comedies of Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, and Spencer Tracy. The son of a famous restaurateur, a missing soup recipe, and a society debutante with her eye on both; a tough-talking reporter disguised as a waitress, her editor, a powerful food critic, and a humble bartender are just a few of the ingredients in this delicious tale of betrayal, gossip, slander, love, and of course, soup!