The Kingfish is back! Don’t miss film and stage actor John “Spud” McConnell in the 30th year anniversary revival of the Off-Broadway hit about the extraordinary life and times of Louisiana politician Huey P. Long. The New York Post says “A soaring success! This is a lovable ol’ Kingfish, entertaining and provocative.”Kingfish OnStage presents The Kingfish by famed playwrights Larry L. King and Ben Z. Grant and directed by Perry Martin. The Comedy / Drama highlights the many sides of Huey P. Long and reflects what is believed to be his attitudes and opinions. The groundbreaking performance not only covers Long‘s history, but the writers also resurrect him from the grave to comment on current politicians and events including a discussion on his own assassination.
“John McConnell is a dynamo Huey Long,” says the Daily News. The Kingfish will premier for two performances only at the Fuhrmann Auditorium on Saturday, November 30th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 1st at 2 pm.
The Kingfish world premiered at the New Orleans Orpheum Theatre in August 1988 during the Republican National Convention. After a state tour, The Kingfish had it’s New York premiere in Off Broadway’s prestigious John Houseman Theatre in March of 1991. The Kingfish, McConnell and Martin have been touring ever since.
Since McConnell’s triumphant New York premiere performance, Spud’s (McConnell) career has taken him to Hollywood for three seasons on the ABC hit television show, Roseanne. He has over 100 stage, comedy clubs, film and television appearances to his credit. McConnell is also a “living landmark”. He is honored to have a life-sized bronzed statue on historic Canal Street in New Orleans commemorating his portrayal of Ignatius J. Riley in the staged adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, A Confederacy of Dunces. And can be seen & heard on The Spudcast, WLAE TV and weekdays on The Spud Show on 106.7 FM radio.
Perry Martin has produced and directed 180 theatrical productions, as well as film and television since his debut production in 1986. He has directed in New York, Hollywood and at the Actor’s Theatre in Kansas City. His recent film, The Palooka starring Bryan Batt (Mad Men) is appearing at Film Festivals around the country. In 2008 Martin and Kingfish Producer Karissa Kary co-founded the critically acclaimed Bayou Playhouse Performing Arts Theatre. Currently Martin and Kary are adapting a screenplay based on Anne Galjour’s hit Cajun comedy play Okra for an upcoming feature film.
Kingfish OnStage will present The Kingfish, the life & times of Huey P. Long at the Fuhrmann Auditorium, 317 North Jefferson Ave. Covington, Louisiana 70433 on Saturday, November 30 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 1 at 3 pm. $35 tickets can be purchased online at WWW.KINGFISHONSTAGE.COM. Limited seating is available. Advance reservations are highly recommended.
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