Bradbury opens new play, ‘Pearl’s Place’
Ken Bradbury follows up his all-female cast of Potluck: the Musical, which played at the Playhouse on the Square and Springfield’s Hoogland Center, with Pearl’s Place on Oct. 2-4 and 9-11 at the Playhouse Theatre.
The two-act musical comedy features local actors Sylvia Burke, Sherri Mitchell, Stephanie Soltermann, Carrie Carls, and Hope Cherry, and tells the tale of a rundown restaurant in Coleman, Texas, beset by hard times. “A major restaurant franchise opens across the street,” said Bradbury. “The girls’ mother, Pearl, is in a retirement home and unable to remember the recipe for her famous Pearl Jam, a concoction that might be their only hope of surviving the new competition.” The show’s musical score features a good deal of Texas Swing along with traditional honky-tonk.