Larry Gatlin announced the debut of his new musical, Quanah, presented by Lyric Stage. Joining him on stage for this musical will be Gospel artists such as Tanya Goodman Sykes, Michael Sykes, and David Phelps.
Larry explains: "Howdy. For almost thirty years, I have been working on a musical about Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief. It is the story of Quanah, his mother Cynthia Ann Parker, and the Parker family's settling in Texas and the survival and ascendancy of the great Comanche people. It is, in part, a tragic, sad, heartbreaking story - a story of war, bloodshed, death and heartbreak - but it is, more importantly, a story celebrating the strength and power of the human spirit."
"As a kid in west Texas, I had a vivid imagination and I loved to make up stories with which to entertain my family and friends. For the last 30 years, as I have grown into a crusty old coot, I have allowed my already vivid imagination to run wild - much like Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief. We are going to perform this at the Irving Arts Center Carpenter Performance Hall from April 28th through May 7th. I invite you to come join us, use your imagination and to let our wonderful cast, orchestra and crew tell you this incredible story."
Keep the Faith,
"P.S. My wife Janis - who is NEVER wrong - believes that it is the best music I have ever written. Why donchya come to the show and see if I am right about her always being right? Also, my sweet, beautiful, talented granddaughter Campbell did the pencil drawing of Quanah. It's wonderful, don't ya think?"
"P.P.S. One of the great blessings in my life is that the very best singer that I have ever heard, is going to play the double roles of Peta Nocona, Quanah's father and Quanah, the last Comanche chief. HALLELUJAH. Almost 20 years ago, when I heard the background vocals on my solo gospel album, In My Life, I asked Mike Smith, the producer of the album, 'who are those people singing the background vocals?' He said, 'Tanya Goodman Sykes, Michael Sykes, and some kid named David Phelps.' I said, 'Wow, that is the best vocal sound I have ever heard that wasn't sung by someone named Gatlin.' A couple of years later I heard David Phelps sing with the Gaither Vocal Band and I said to myself, 'he's the greatest singer I have ever heard.' It was true then and it is true now. It is truly a God thing that David is going to play the double role of Quanah and Peta in our new musical. I thank God. I thank David Phelps. And I thank my old and dear friend, Bill Gaither, for making this happen."
"P.P.P.S. I made my publicist write the press release this way... to better tell the story in my own words, so don't give him any CRAPOLA!"
Multiple Dove and GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, David Phelps is Quanah. Larry will play Old Ranger. The supporting cast includes Brett Warner as Lucinda, Lauren Scott as Cynthia Ann, Daron Cockerell as Nauda, Sony Franks as McKenzie and Tim Brawner as James Parker.
Other supporting roles and members of the ensemble are played by Abigail Gardner, Jonathan McGinnis, Teresa Natera, Ian Moore, Angela Davis, Jamal Houston, Mindamora Rocha, Michael McMillan, Alison Wheaton, Steve Sifford, Shelbie Mac, Caitlin Galloway and Mindy Bell. Quanah arranger Galen Butler conducts the Lyric Stage Orchestra with direction and choreography by John De Los Santos.
Performances are April 28 and 29 and May 4, 5, and 6 at 7:30 PM and April 30 and May 6 at 2:30 PM in the Irving Arts Center Carpenter Performance Hall in Dallas, Texas.
Tickets on-sale now at www.lyricstage.org or by calling the box office at 972-252-2787.
About Larry Gatlin
The close family harmonies of Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers have given the trio a signature sound that led to country classics like "All The Gold In California" and "Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer To You)." Larry, and brothers Rudy and Steve, won a GRAMMY® for their 1976 breakthrough hit, "Broken Lady," and reached #1 with several other songs soon thereafter. Along with five career nominations for the ACM Vocal Group, the Gatlin Brothers picked up three 1979 trophies - Single of the Year ("All The Gold In California"), Album of the Year (Straight Ahead) and Male Vocalist of the Year for Larry Gatlin. He has written songs that were later recorded by Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Price, Tom Jones, Roy Orbison, Barry Gibb, Johnny Mathis, Dottie West and more.
For more information on Larry Gatlin, visit www.gatlinbrothers.com.