This evening is your first chance to pick up a copy of the recording of Paradise Park the Musical. The CD release party will be held at Dem 2 Brothers & A Grill, 423 Virginia St W, on Charleston’s West Side. It starts at 6 PM, and there is No Cover (but you have to pay for the CD and any food or drinks, folks).
Join Danny Boyd and Larry Groce along with some of the cast and crew from Paradise Park the Musical to celebrate the release of Theatre West Virginia’s 2018 cast album. We refer you to the press release for the debut of last year’s stage adaptation of Danny Boyd’s 1991 cult classic film…
“God’s comin’, and he’s gonna grant us all a wish.” Paradise Park has been adapted for the stage by acclaimed West Virginia filmmaker, director Daniel Boyd. Mountain Stage’s own Larry Groce has written a new and extensive score for this premiere. The story contains themes familiar to citizens of West Virginia; poverty, religion, hopes and dreams and centers on people caring for other people, through hard times, through natural disasters and through everyday life.
While these themes are all too familiar to West Virginians, Daniel Boyd said; “It is set in one particular community but the story is universal.” Composer Larry Groce chimed in with; “When I first read the script for Paradise Park The Movie, back in 1991, I loved the heart of the script. I loved what this script was really about. It symbolizes, in many ways, what I found in West Virginia. I came here 45 years ago and I found people who care for other people. That’s what this story’s about.” Theatre West Virginia General Manager Scott Hill had this to say about the show; “You may know Paradise Park the film that was 25 years ago. Larry Groce was in it, Danny Boyd directed it, but we’re turning that into a musical. We’re turning that West Virginia story about God coming to a trailer park into a play, a musical, at Grandview for Theatre West Virginia.”
This project grew out of the EDC and they are hosting the evening at one of their favorite West Side venues, Dem 2 Brothers. Expect good music, good food, good drinks…some might call it paradise.
Sponsored by the WVSU Creators Program. CDs will be available for $15 or 2/$25.