Lunch at the Piccadilly
By Clyde Edgerton / Music and lyrics by Mike Craver
Directed and developed by Steve Umberger / Playworks
A musical about changing the world - one rocking chair at a time 
Produced by The Playworks Group / Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Production sponsored by Aldersgate

Based on Clyde Edgerton's best selling novel, with songs by Mike Craver, Lunch at the Piccadilly is about a bunch of senior citizens who take over their retirement home. The decade-long project was developed in three productions (Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Parkway Playhouse, Festival Stage) and the York Theatre Company in New York.

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Lunch at the Piccadilly at the York Theatre, New York:
Steve Umberger,  Neal Mayer, Fleur Alys Dobbins, Greg
King, Rebecca Koon, Patty Cucco, Amy Jones, Trip Ply-
male and composer/performer Mike Craver

"Silly and soulful....At the very moment Edgerton confronts despair and loneliness, those issues turn out to be ripe material for satire."
Asheville Citizen-Times

"A flavorful, diverse score by Mike Craver that touches on arcana, but more often touches the heart."
Charlotte Observer

"Among the delights here are the pointed satire of the nursing home industry...and the chorus of idiosyncratic, opinionated characters who have more life left in them than anyone quite expects."
New York Times (of the novel)

Clyde Edgerton is the author of ten novels, a book of advice, a memoir, short stories and essays. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and five of his novels have been New York Times Notable Books and have been made into feature films, including Walking Across Egypt, Raney and Killer Diller.