Ronnie Larsen Presents in association with Plays of Wilton (POW!) is presenting a production of the musical “108 Waverly” with book and lyrics by
Ronnie Larsen Presents in association with Plays of Wilton (POW!) is presenting a production of the musical “108 Waverly” with book and lyrics by the Carbonell award-winning Dan Clancy and music by Lynne Portas in November 2023. This clever and heartfelt musical about love and relationships over 70 years is being directed by Carbonell award-winning director, Bruce Linser. Two gay couples occupy the same apartment at the title’s location in Greenwich Village, New York City. The two couples never meet as they occupy the space seven decades apart.
Clancy’s narrative explores love and acceptance in consecutive lifetimes and delves into the impression that little has changed in attitudes regarding homosexuality in 70 years. The first couple is set in the 1920’s when society’s moral tolerances of love were much narrower. They summoned exposure with every glance and continually risked their careers, family and way of life just to be together. Set in the 1990s, the contemporary couple braves the waters of commitment and responsibility in the carefree cruisy world of the modern gay man. Tackling the real issues of their respective times there is pallet of social issues pertinent to gay people of all eras.
The stories are told in tandem on the same set and effectively portrayed with the creative use of lighting, props, and costumes. Lynn Portas has musically juxtaposed the two time periods by means of edgy, rockish musical themes against classic melodic styles. Coupled with the comprehensive writing style of Dan Clancy, 108 Waverly pops from the stage and gives its audience a unique insight of the distinctive lives of gay men on a broad scale. Subjects the piece explores range from remaining “closeted to survive” to gay adoption.
Plays of Wilton has received generous grants from the Broward County Cultural Division and Community Foundation of Broward to present this ground-breaking musical at The Foundry this Fall.
Performances from November 2, 2023 to December 10, 2023
Thursday through Saturday 8 PM
Sunday at 3PM and 7PM
Tickets $25 to $50
Tickets available at https://ronnielarsen.com