Robert Miles Hill, director of Variety Theatre Company’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” thinks age is nothing but a number when it comes to the title character and the rest of the “Peanuts” gang.
Age is also a non-factor for longtime "Peanuts" fans.
"They may be eight years old and they may be five years old in 'Peanuts,' but you can relate to these characters when you're younger and older as well," he said. "You're watching these stories about everyday situations that people go through, and you can relate to them no matter how old you are."
Opening Friday and running through Aug. 20 at Hammond’s Beatniks on Conkey, “Brown” chronicles the trials, tribulations and ups and downs of Charlie, Linus, Lucy, Sally and Snoopy through skit and song. The musical takes its cue from Charles Schultz’ “Peanuts” cartoon strip, which ran for a half century and remains in syndication today.
The year marks the anniversary of "Brown," which features songs such as ‘Little Known Facts,” “My Blanket and Me” and the title song. The play made its debut off-Broadway in 1967, where it took home a pair of Drama Desk Awards.
“Brown” made its Broadway debut in 1970 and was revived in 1999 to great acclaim, with Kristin Chenoweth taking home a Tony Award for her performance as Sally.
Schultz' creation remains beloved by fans young and old to this day. 2015's animated "Peanuts Movie" took in nearly $250 million worldwide.
Variety Theatre Company’s production of “Brown” marks their first musical.
"It's a nice family show," Hill said. "And one of the best places would be to perform it at is Beatniks. With it's stage design and its space, performing it at Beatniks is a must."
Hill’s cast for “Brown” is made up of Nathan Wilkes in the title role, Robby Myles as Linus, Tuesdai B. Perry as Snoopy, Khyel Roberson as Schroeder, Rachel Steigely as Lucy, Emily Gulbrandsen as Sally and Dorothy Lakshmanmurthy as Woodstock.
"The cast is splendid and terrific to work with," Hill said. "It's such a great group of people we have to put on this production."