Lunch at the Piccadilly
By Clyde Edgerton / Music and lyrics by Mike Craver
Directed and developed by Steve Umberger for Playworks
A musical about changing the world - one rocking chair at a time 
Produced by The Playworks Group at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center 
2015 production sponsored by Aldersgate

Based on Clyde Edgerton's best selling novel and N.Y. Times Notable Book, with songs by Drama Desk Award winner Mike Craver, Lunch at the Piccadilly is about a small but mighty cabal of seniors who take over their retirement home. The decade-long project was developed in four productions at Cape Fear Regional Theatre (premiere), Parkway Playhouse, Festival Stage, Blumenthal, and at the York Theatre Company in New York.


Lunch at the Piccadilly at the York Theatre Company, NY

"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.

Photos: Bobby Moody, Norris Greenlee, Donna Bise
Media Editor: Rick Fitts / Fitts Productions


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