JOHNNY & THE DEVIL'S BOX
July 22 - Aug 1
July 22 – August 1

With
Douglas Waterbury-Tieman
Annabelle Fox
Lizzie Hagstedt
Cesar Moreno

Music and Lyrics by
Douglas Waterbury-Tieman
Music Supervision by
Scott Wasserman

Lighting Design by Will Johnson
Sound Design by Jay Hilton
Production Manager Erica Gilroy
Production Stage Manager Bradley G. Spachman

Special Thanks:
Lori A. Cartwright
Connecticut Party Rentals LLC

Supported in part by the Frank Young Fund for New Musicals, a program of National Alliance for Musical Theatre - www.namt.org

Music & Lyrics by Douglas Waterbury-Tieman

Johnny’s Best
Gotta Play the Fiddle
The Devil’s Dream
Abigail’s Song
Last Day in the Corn
Let Me Tell You
The Change
At the Crossroads
"The Mountain Whippoorwill" by Steven Vincent Benet
Whippoorwill
Lonely Lost Fiddlin’ Fool
The Ballad of Maggie Jean
Just Because
That Glorious Song
Encore: Finale

DOUGLAS WATERBURY-TIEMAN
Composer, Performer

DOUGLAS WATERBURY-TIEMAN Originally from Lexington, KY now living in Nashville, TN with his wife and muse, Annabelle Fox. BM in Musical Theatre: Belmont University. Off-Broadway: The Robber Bridegroom, Soot and Spit. Regional: Once, Sunset Blvd. TV: Succession. Fiddler for Clint Black’s Looking For Christmas and aboard The Disney Magic. Proud member of The Lobbyists and The Playbillies. Creator of Johnny & the Devil’s Box, a new musical that has been in development with Goodspeed at the Johnny Mercer Writer’s Grove and the Festival of New Musicals cabaret in 2019 thanks to a NAMT Frank Young Fund grant. Douglas is thrilled to be returning to Goodspeed to bring some music and celebration back to his favorite theatre after such a difficult season. Keep singing!

ANNABELLE FOX
Performer

ANNABELLE FOX (Performer) is thrilled to be back in her home state singing the music of Johnny & the Devil's Box alongside her husband, Douglas. She was last seen playing the role of Abigail King in an excerpt of JDB as part of Asolo Repertory Theatre's Ground Floor Series. Pre-pandemic, she starred as Jeanette in the Off-Broadway revival of No Strings, directed by Deidre Goodwin. Favorite credits include Savannah (Disney's Freaky Friday), Kathy Selden (Singin' in the Rain, CT Critics Circle nomination), and Wendla (Spring Awakening). Her mission in life is to bring joy to people through performance. She is specifically drawn to material that elevates the human mind and radiates justice, sprinkling in her spark and boldness to each character. Keep an eye out for her in Bettor Days this fall on ESPN. BFA MT Belmont University. IG: @annabellethefox & @thefiddlinproject. 

 

Lizzie Hagstedt
Performer

LIZZIE HAGSTEDT is an actor/singer/musician/composer from Sayville, New York. This is her first live performance since March of last year, when she portrayed a pregnant German punk rocker in MacGyver: the Musical. Most recently, she music directed and performed in a digital new works series for Asolo Repertory Theatre featuring Johnny and her own musical Sophie Blanchard’s High-Flyin’ Rock’n’Roll Extravaganza. Credits include the National Tour of Sweeney ToddSouthern Comfort (The Public, Barrington Stage, CAP21), Sweet Charity starring Sutton Foster (New Group), and August Rush (world premiere)www.lizziehagstedt.com

Cesar Moreno
Performer

CESAR MORENO is an up and coming mandolinist/vocalist in the NYC bluegrass scene. He has toured in the Northeast Bluegrass festivals from Vermont to Delaware. His music mixes a healthy dose of bluegrass standards with covers of tunes from  across all genres, featuring bluegrass instrumentation. Cesar discovered the mandolin during a stint in a Led Zeppelin cover band. He discovered the NYC Bluegrass Music scene shortly after and has been hooked on the music ever since. He plays in several bands such as the Tennessee Mountain Fox Chasers, Moonshine Falls, and Wild Magnolia.

SCOTT WASSERMAN
Music Supervisor

SCOTT WASSERMAN Broadway: Ableton Programmer for Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, The Great Comet, Escape To Margaritaville, Annie, Leap of Faith. Off Broadway: Invisible Thread (Second Stage). Regional: Austen’s Pride (ACT of Connecticut, Orchestrator), Diana (La Jolla Playhouse, Electronic Music Programmer). Other: Radio City Music Hall (Orchestrator), 21 Chump Street (This American Life,  Ableton Programmer). Television: The 71st Tony Awards, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Orchestrator). Album: Joel B. New’s Cabot Cove (Broadway Records, Orchestrator & Arranger). Podcast: Song Salad with co-host Shannon Deep (@songsaladcast) Twitter: @scottwasserman1 Instagram: @swasserm

We’re so proud of the stellar roster of concerts and performances we’re able to offer this summer. For each of them we wanted to give a little background info – why we chose this piece, why the artists created it, and a piece of information or fun fact it might be handy to know. Enjoy them, and enjoy the show!

A Word From Goodspeed: A few years ago, our paths crossed with a fiddle-playing supernova named Douglas Waterbury-Tieman. He was writing a show based on the old myth of the devil challenging a young musician, and we knew we wanted to be a part of it. Douglas developed it at our Johnny Mercer Writers Grove and in a residency at our Festival of New Musicals, and every time we saw more of it we knew that JOHNNY AND THE DEVIL’S BOX was something special. It takes as its foundation the kind of folktales and musical styles that have been passed down from generation to generation, crossing seas and climbing mountains as they become part of a distinctly American story. But Douglas weaves them into something vibrant and new. We’re so happy to share some of this exciting show, performed by this extraordinary collection of artists, with our audiences. And if you want to see more of the show someday, well, keep an eye out!

A Word From Douglas: If the last year and a half has taught us anything it’s that our greatest gift is human connection. We believe that nothing can fortify those bonds as strongly as singing and dancing together, just as Johnny discovers in our show.  We are so honored to share the music of JOHNNY & the DEVIL’S BOX with our Goodspeed friends all the way from Nashville, and we hope you will sing and clap along with us! 

A Fun Fact: Douglas wrote most of these songs on his fiddle, which was passed down to him from his great-grandfather Chauncey out of Averill Park, NY. The fiddle is now named Chauncey in his honor.

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