New Canaan venue takes a turn for ‘Route 66′ tonight

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route66Pictured: Jerold Goldstein, Fred Stark and William Squier, the creative team behind the musical “Route 66.”

New this year at the Summer Theatre of New Canaan is a series of new works, “Under the Stars,” and the next one up is “Route 66,” a musical romantic comedy that boasts the talent of several local writers and musicians.

It will be featured during a concert reading on Wednesday, July 16, beginning at 8 p.m. The entire series covers a diverse slate of productions, all at various stages of development. Stick around after the show and  you will have a chance to talk to the creators about the work.

“Route 66″ brings together Jerold Goldstein of Stratford, William Squier of Stamford, who handle the words, and Fred Stark of South Salem, N.Y., who handles the music. The trio have created tale of a freelance journalist who joins forces with a cowboy photographer in a pursuit to record what’s left of this iconic highway.

Some may have caught the show in previous readings, including one at Stamford’s Curtain Call, and others a bit farther afield, including the Kansas City Crossroads Festivals. And, a world premiere production was staged at the Depot Theatre in Westport, N.Y., last summer.

The cast of 10 includes several Stamford natives, including Megan Loughran and Catherine Yudain. Other local performers include Kristin Huffman and Jodi Stevens.

“We’re gearing up for another full production out in the midwest in 2015,” said lyricist William Squier in a recent news release. ”We’ve used the occasion to do a few tweaks on the script, including performing a song that wasn’t in last summer’s premiere.”

Tickets are $25 and available here or at the door.

Christina Hennessy

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