Friends in Low PlacesBy Rebecca Hopkins and Richard Hopkins
Arrangements by Jim Prosser
Friends in Low Places celebrates the contemporary country musicians who transformed their genre and rocketed to the top of the charts.
Artists like Garth Brooks, The Chicks, and George Strait spiked their honkytonk with Rock & Roll flair, and yet, they never strayed from country music’s core: truthful, authentic storytelling. Featuring such songs as “Could I Have This Dance,” “It's Five O'Clock Somewhere,” and “Good Hearted Woman.”
NICK ABBOTT is honored to join the cast of FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES! Previous credits: Motown the Musical (North American Tour), White Christmas (John Engeman Theatre), Spandex the Audio Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Resident Theatre Company), Grease (Sierra Repertory Theatre), Ring of Fire (Thingamajig Theatre Company), Guys and Dolls (The Theatre Barn), Beauty and the Beast and Smokey Joe’s Café (Legacy Theatre), and Million Dollar Quartet (Roxy Regional Theatre). B.F.A.: Ball State University. www.nickabbott.net
JACK GERHARD is a New York City based actor/musician. Most recent credits include Guy in the National Tour of Once and Almost Heaven at the Rev Theater Company. He loves country music and is happy y’all came out to see the show. Happy singing along!
NICK LERANGIS is excited to be returning to FST for Friends in Low Places! Previous FST Credits: Once, Outlaws and Angels. He is a musician, singer, songwriter, actor/musician, and producer born and raised in New York City. He has written Billboard top 50-charting songs with electro-rock darlings Walk the Moon, toured with them and many other bands, and played in the pits of musicals. Off-Broadway: Between Gods and Kings (Bedlam). Regional and More: Once (St. Michael's Playhouse); Once More, With Feeling; Into The Woods; The Threepenny Opera. Nick recently released Cannon & deVaron, which is available anywhere music is streamed.
MADALYN MCHUGH Based in NYC, actor/musician and singer-songwriter Madalyn McHugh is thrilled to return to the FST for the third time, following Three Pianos and Outlaws & Angels. With a BA in Music/Vocal Performance, Madalyn completed NYC’s Broadway-integrated training program, Open Jar Institute. McHugh’s repertoire spans Musical Theatre, Opera, Pop, Country, and Contemporary Christian. Notable achievements include: her Nashville studio album, Stepping Stone, and opening for Kevin Bacon and Frank Vignola. McHugh recently co-created the pop band McHugh Girl with original music available on all streaming platforms.
HANNAH TAYLOR is an actor/singer/dancer/musician based in NYC and originally from Atlanta, GA. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with her degree in Musical Theatre. Favorite theatre credits include: Gypsy (Louise), A Chorus Line (Judy Turner), and Pippin. When she’s not on stage, you can find her with her guitar on her back, traveling around NYC to play for children and family events. Hannah is thrilled to be making her FST debut!
Director | Catherine Randazzo
Music Director | David Finch
Scenic Design | Bruce Price
Costume Design | Susan Angermann
Lighting Design | Andrew Gray
Sound Designer | Thom Korp
Sound and Light Board Operator | Natalie Shadrick