John Driscoll has done it again by writing a new musical comedy that should have his fans flocking to Off Broadstreet to enjoy.
The world premiere of "The Great Northwest Mining & Doo-Wop Co." starts its nine-week run Friday at Driscoll's intimate cabaret dessert theater in Nevada City.
The comedy is a mixture of fact and fiction. Fact, because it is based on research done at a real operating mine, the 16-to-1 Mine in the nearby town of Alleghany. Indeed, some of the clothes and props are on loan from the mine. Even the dialogue contains information gathered in informal interviews with local gold miners. All of this, of course, adds to the authenticity of the production.
And fiction because the story line sprang from Driscoll's fertile imagination. It is about four hard-rock gold miners who are charged with the task of finding investors to support their struggling mining operation. Converting an abandoned 19th century foundry into a cabaret called The Doo Wop Inn, they devise entertainment to pique the interest of vacationing summer campers while acquainting them with the joys, challenges and life lessons of hard-rock gold mining, as well as the thrill of doo-wop singing.
With plenty of laughs and familiar hit tunes from the 1950s, the comedy follows the Off Broadstreet trademark formula: Four sympathetic and likable, though unlikely, performers who have a passion for their work. Good wholesome fun, it is suitable for all audiences.
Know and Go
What: "The Great Northwest Mining & Doo-Wop Co.," a new musical comedy at Off Broadstreet
When: 8:15 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, from Friday to Wednesday, Aug. 27. Also, one Thursday night show Aug. 4 at 7:15 p.m. and one Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Aug. 14.
Where: Off Broadstreet, 305 Commercial St., Nevada City
Admission: $18 on Thursdays and Sundays, $20 on Fridays and $22 on Saturdays.
Information: For reservations (strongly recommended) or further information, call 265-8686 or visit www.offbroadstreet.com.
Performances will begin at 8:15 p.m. every Friday and Saturday evening through August 27th. One Thursday night performance is scheduled for August 4th at 7:15 p.m. and one Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on August 14th. Admission is $18 on Thursday and Sunday, $20 on Fridays and $22 on Saturdays. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.