"It's The Honeymooners meets The Best Little Whorehouse
--Liz Smith, The Daily News
"More fun than a chair-throwing episode
of Jerry Springer set to music."
--The New Yorker
With Music and Lyrics by David Nehls and Book by Betsy Kelso, "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" began its journey as a series of staged readings and workshops, followed by a sold-out run at The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) in 2004, which led to the 2005 Off Broadway run produced by Jean Doumanian and Jeffrey Richards. The Original Cast Recording features Marya Grandy (Linoleum), Linda Hart (Betty), Shuler Hensley (Norbert), Kaitlin Hopkins (Jeannie), Leslie Kritzer (Drama Desk Award Nomination for her role as Pickles), Orfeh (Pippi) and Wayne Wilcox (Duke).
The show has toured the U.S. and the U.K., played Australia and has even been translated into French for a production in Montreal. In 2013, a Christmas-themed sequel opened in Houston - The Great American Trailer Park CHRISTMAS Musical - also by Nehls and Kelso.
Both shows are licensed through Dramatists Play Service, Inc. From Fargo, North Dakota, to New Milford, Connecticut, to Las Vegas to Nashville, audiences everywhere love a Trailer Park!
"The Great American Trailer Park CHRISTMAS Musical!"
pictured: Orfeh, Marya Grandy, Linda Hart, Shuler Hensley, Kaitlin Hopkins, Leslie Kritzer, Wayne Wilcox - Off Broadway, 2005 (photos by Bruce Glikas)