Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Frank's heads to 1940s in first mainstage show of 2018

‘Submarine Races "Manty"'

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The first Let Me Be Frank Productions mainstage show of the year is right around the corner: “Submarine Races ‘Manty’” – another comedy with music in which the Green Bay show troupe mixes fact with fiction.

As has been the case with recent shows, most performances are in Green Bay with a run-out performance in Manitowoc.

In Green Bay, performances are at Meyer Theatre by this schedule: Feb. 2-24, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 24. Info: ticketstaronline.com.

In Manitowoc, the performance is at Capitol Civic Centre at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Info: cccshows.org.

The show is the first of six new mainstage productions the troupe will mount in 2018.

According to a press release: Fact: During World War II, the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company was awarded a contract to build 28 submarines for the U.S. Navy. It took more than 7,000 men and women working around the clock to fill the order – eventually building 25 submarines in time to see action during the war.

Fiction: To meet this monumental task, the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company hires, sight unseen, the greatest submarine makers in America, Luigi and Giuseppe Buttafuoco. The problem is, their subs don’t float, but you can eat ’em.

The Buttafuoco boys are intent on making Manty the submarine capital of the world… and dating as many Rosie the Riveters as possible in the process. When the Navy brass is sent to check on the boys’ progress, well… everyone is well fed.

This show features a collection of songs from the 1940s performed Let Me Be Frank style.

Cast includes Frank Hermans, Amy Riemer, Pat Hibbard, Lisa Borley, David Gusloff, Kasey Schumacher and Tom Verbrick and the band: Dennis Panneck, guitars; Tony Pilz, keyboards; Adam Cain, percussion; Pat Hibbard, bass.

Songs include “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (Bette Midler), “Blues in the Night” (Amy Winehouse), “Old Devil Moon” (Petula Clark), “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” (Ava Gardner/Annette Warren), “Route 66” (Nat King Cole Trio), “I’ll Be Seeing You” (Linda Eder), “Fools Rush in (Where Angels Fear to Tread)” (Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra), “Swinging on a Star” (Bing Crosby) “In the Mood” (Bette Midler), “Jingle, Jangle, Jingle” (Kay Keyser) and many more.

Contact me at warren.gerds@wearegreenbay.com. Watch for my on-air Critic at Large editions on WFRV-TV at 6:20 a.m. Sundays.


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