Broadway stars team up for a live Brady Bunch musical this week
We are all Bradys now, thanks to Zoom, so why not add a little music? Before the pandemic crisis hit, A Very Brady Musical was planning a tour and an Off Broadway engagement. Now, this riff on the lovably cheeseball blended-family sitcom The Brady Bunch is taking advantage of the virtual-theater moment to think inside the box in a live-streamed performance with a cast of Broadway notables. A Very Brady Musical will stream on Wednesday, October 28 at 7pm ET as a benefit for Maine's longstanding Ogunquit Playhouse. The production will be available for four days after the premiere; tickets cost $20 and can be purchased here. Kerry Butler, whose experience in Xanadu gives her a leg up on affectionate retro kitsch, plays merry widow Carol Brady; Gavin Lee, who stopped the show as Squidward in SpongeBob SquarePants, is her new hubby, Mike. The Brady kids are portrayed by a multiethnic group that comprises Trista Dollison, Celia Hottenstein, Diana Huey, Troy Iwata, Mason Reeves and Anthony Zambito. The trumpet-voiced Klea Blackhurst plays their trusty maid, Alice. RECOMMENDED: Our day-by-day roundup of the best theater, opera and dance to stream online The story of the 90-minute show concerns ill-advised efforts by the kids to raise money for their parents to go to marriage counseling. Although its tone will be lightly satirical, A Very Brady Musical is a very authorized Brady product. The script is by Lloyd J. Schwartz and Hope Juber—the children of Brady Bunch creator and theme-song writer Sherwood Schwartz—who also cowrote the oft-forgotten 2002 TV movie The Brady Bunch in the White House. The score is by Juber and her husband, Laurence Juber, a former member of Paul McCartney and Wings. Richard Israel directs. For donations of $100 or more, hard-core Brady fans can attend a post-show VIP Zoom afterparty with the creators of A Very Brady Musical and original Brady boys Barry Williams (Greg) and Christopher Knight (Peter). Most popular on Time Out - The most haunted places in NYC- The 101 best sex scenes of all time- The best burgers in NYC- The Metropolitan Opera is streaming free political operas every night this week- The best Halloween events in NYC for 2020 Want to know what’s cool in the city before your friends do? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest and greatest from NYC and beyond.