29 Oct Billy Baloo
Director: MJ Bruder Munafo
Musical Director: Bill Peek
Book by Michael Mason, newly adapted by Willy Mason
Music & Lyrics: Jemima James, Michael Mason & Willy Mason
Lighting Design: Ernest W. Iannaccone
Scenic Design: Mac Young
Costume Design: Cynthia Bermudes
Projections: Sam Mason
Musicians: Eric Johnson and Geordie Gude
A musical tale of love, gold, and beavers!
1879. In the town of Solderville, high up in the Colorado Rockies, there live three gold prospectors and a floater, Billy Baloo. When the heiress of the Perfection General Store arrives in town, a dream is born. The town is transformed and its population explodes; bringing tasty vittles, love, strife, and danger. Fortunately Billy’s boat is sturdy and the beavers are on his side.
Michael Mason began writing Billy Baloo in 1973, inspired by the songs of Jemima James. He worked on it intermittently until he died in February of 2023. He had begun talks around its first staged production with MJ Bruder Munafo, artistic director of Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. Willy Mason, son of Michael and Jemima, newly adapted the script for this small theater production and presents it here with MJ, Jemima, and his brother Sam, in loving memory.