On Wednesday, May 18, opening night of the Theatre Ontario Festival, representing the winning production for ACT-CO will be “SUDS,” the Rocking 60s Musical Soap Opera by Melinda Gilb. “SUDS” is the delightful musical story of a young teenage girl.
For regular patrons of The Curtain Club, “SUDS” will offer an unusual opportunity to see a musical. According to Festival Co-Chair, Wayne Milliner, “SUDS” is also a musical that will be attractive to “Baby Boomers counting the years, as the musical is reminiscent of music from their youth, including the Beatles. He continues, “What makes “SUDS” so much fun are the lyrics in the songs. A mailman delivers a letter “Dear Jane” and the woman sings, “Wait, oh yes, wait a minute, Mr. Postman.” What I find interesting is that this musical; which was created by Melinda Gilb, a Broadway, Off-Broadway and television veteran; and Steve Gunderson, a composer, arranger and playwright; is based on a 1920s silent movie. Can you hear me humming?”