Stage Onewill present two public performances of the musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" this Saturday, April 24, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., in The Kentucky Center's Bomhard Theater.Follow this link for ticketing information.
This video of Kristen Chenoweth doing her Tony Award-winning role of "Sally" will give you an idea of what the musical looks and feels like, in case you're unfamiliar with it.
Additionally, here are a few fun facts about comic strip creator Charles Schulz and his round-headed title character, an American "un-success story", unable to fly a kite, hit a baseball, kick a football or get a second glance from the little red-haired girl.
Schulz did not choose the name "Peanuts" for his comic strip. Originally titled "Li'l Folks," the name was changed when the strip entered syndication, to differentiate it from Al Capp's "Li'l Abner." In a 1987 interview, Schulz said of the title "Peanuts": "It's totally ridiculous, has no meaning, is simply confusing, and has no dignity."
"Peanuts" premiered in eight newspapers in October 1950. Many of its best-known characters were added later: Schroeder (1951), Lucy (1952), Linus (1952), Pig Pen (1954), Sally (1959), Peppermint Patty (1966), Woodstock (1967) and Franklin (1968).
"Peanuts" peaked in American pop-culture awareness between 1965 - 1980, spawning numerous animated specials and comic book collections.
Schulz developed the character known as "Charlie Brown" based on painful experiences from his own childhood. "Chuck", saddled with an inferiority complex and over-analytical nature, wins hearts by also displaying a dogged stubbornness and determination to do his best despite a personal history full of failure.
The character of "Snoopy" was introduced as a puppy, but soon started expressing verbal opinions via "thought bubbles." Snoopy would take on other human characteristics including walking on his hind legs, reading books, using a typewriter, and competing in sports. From the 1960's, the comic began focusing on Snoopy's rich fantasy life including his exploits as a WW1 flying ace, bestselling mystery writer and "Joe Cool" college student.
The Off-Broadway production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" ran successfully for four years and 1600 performances with actor Gary Burghoff (M*A*S*H's Radar O'Reilly) in the title role.
The 1999 Broadway revival of the musical earned Kristin Chenoweth a Tony Award nomination for the role of "Sally." Chenoweth would go on to greater fame as "Glinda" in Broadway's "WICKED."
[Facts pulled from Wickipedia articles on Charles Schulz, Peanuts/characters, and "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.]