The Spitfire Grill
Fall Production Begins Oct. 27
by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson
October 26, 2012
Hannah, the cantankerous owner of the Spitfire Grill,
shares a cup of joe with waitresses Percy (left) and Shelby
After five years in prison, Percy Talbott is getting a
fresh start in the small town of Gilead, Wis. And life there will never be the
Percy arrives in Gilead a stranger, with no friends in town, no
job, and no place to stay. The owner of a local diner reluctantly takes her in,
but it isn't long before The Spitfire Grill's regular customers become
suspicious about the new waitress's mysterious past.
Inspired by a
Sundance-favorite movie of the same name, The Spitfire Grill features
bluegrass, country, folk and pop-infused music by James Valcq, catchy lyrics by
Fred Alley and a heartwarming story that captured many hearts during its 2011
Off-Broadway run. The musical later garnered the Academy of Arts and Letters'
Richard Rodgers Production Award.
Writing of the Off-Broadway production,
USA Today's Elysa Gardner wrote that The Spitfire Grill
features "some of the most engaging and instantly infectious melodies I've
heard in a musical in some time ... accessible and poignant." The New York
Times' Alvin Klein declared that it was "a soul-satisfying" musical and "a
complete work of theatrical resourcefulness. A compelling story that flows with
The Mermaid Players bring this winning musical to the stage Oct.
26-31 (see schedule and additional information at right).