New Satire-in-Song ‘Casey Stampfield’ Next Up for MCTC

CaseyStampfieldPhoto#1Political satire has long been a theatrical staple, and when there are politicians that invite such attention regularly it’s hardly surprising to find a new show on the subject is in the works.

CaseyStampfieldPhoto#2Music City Theatre Company is now preparing the world premiere of Casey Stampfield: The Musical, featuring an original script, lyrics and music by Michael McFaden, Mark Beall and Bradley Moore. It’s based on a certain Vestal, New York native with a similar name now living in Knoxville and representing the state’s Seventh Senatorial District in the Tennessee General Assembly.

The show, like its always-in-the-headlines inspiration, has gotten plenty of press already; its cast includes Steve Mogck, Sarah Shepherd, Memory Strong, Daniel Vincent and Chad Webb in the title role. McFaden and Moore co-direct.

CaseyStampfieldPhoto #3Casey Stampfield: The Musical is the company’s eighth production since Moore founded it in 2008. Its mission according to Moore is “to provide the Nashville community thought-provoking, socially relevant work with a strong vision.”

Here’s the performance schedule:

Friday, June 27: 7:30 PM

Saturday, June 28:  7:30 PM

Sunday, June 29:  2 PM

Thursday, July 3:  7:30 PM

Saturday, July 5:  7:30 PM

Sunday, July 6:  2 PM

Thursday, July 10:  7:30 PM

Friday, July 11:  7:30 PM

Saturday, July 12:  7:30 PM

***SPECIAL PERFORMANCE ***

Thursday, August 7:  7:30 PM

The musical will be performed at the Vibe Entertainment Complex (1713 Church St.) Tickets ($9.99) are available at the door or in advance by calling (615) 239-3565 or purchasing them online by clicking here. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime for all performances; full cash bar and snacks are available at every show.

*Photos by Bradley Moore of  #1 – (L to R) Steve Mogck, Sarah Shepherd, Chad Webb, Memory Strong, Daniel Vincent; #2 – Chad Webb as Casey Stampfield; and #3 – Chad Webb as Casey Stampfield courtesy Music City Theatre Company.

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About Evans Donnell

Evans Donnell is the chief theater, film and opera critic as well as co-founder of ArtsNash. He wrote reviews and features about theater, opera and classical music for The Tennessean from 2002 to 2011. He was the theater, film and opera critic for ArtNowNashville.com from 2011 to 2012. Donnell has also contributed to The Sondheim Review, Back Stage, The City Paper (Nashville), the Nashville Banner, The (Bowling Green, Ky.) Daily News and several other publications since beginning his professional journalism career in 1985 with The Lebanon (Tenn.) Democrat. He was selected as a fellow for the 2004 National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) arts journalism institutes for theater and musical theater at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2006 and classical music and opera at the Columbia University School of Journalism in 2009. He has also been an actor (member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA), founding and running AthensSouth Theatre from 1996 to 2001 and appearing in Milos Forman's "The People vs Larry Flynt" among other credits. Donnell is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association (www.americantheatrecritics.org).