The World According to Snoopy is a brand new re-imagining of the original and London productions of the musical Snoopy!!!(music and lyrics by Larry Grossman and Hal Hackady and book by Charles M Schulz Creative Associates, Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw and Michael L. Grace).
This musical features Charles Schulz’s iconic Peanuts characters Charlie Brown, Sally, Peppermint Patty, Lucy, Linus, and Woodstock, under the guidance of the consummate showman Snoopy, as they sing and dance their way through witty philosophies about love and life as only The Peanuts gang can. In addition to a beloved score featuring songs like “Just One Person”, “Edgar Allan Poe”, and “Poor Sweet Baby”, this new production introduces a new song for Sally with music by award winning composer Larry Grossman (Minnie’s Boys, Goodtime Charley) and lyrics by award winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown Broadway Revival, Big Fish). With fresh orchestrations and a revised book, audiences can expect The Peanuts characters to dance more than ever before!
Developed by the head of musical theater at Texas State University, director/actor Kaitlin Hopkins (Batboy, Bare, Noises Off ) choreographer Adam Cates (Broadway’s Anastasia, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder), and Larry Grossman, The World According to Snoopy was first produced in a workshop presentation by the Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance as part of the Harrison/Bowman New Works Commission in the spring of 2015. Hopkins has a familial connection to the Peanuts on stage as her late father, Gene Persson, was co-producer of both the original 1967 off Broadway production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, as well as the Tony-winning Broadway revival in 1999.
This production features the work of Michelle Ney (scenic designer), Sally E. Rath (costume designer), Ethan Jones (lighting designer), Phillip Owen (sound designer), Erin Kehr (props), Andrew McIntyre (projection designer), Greg Bolin (orchestrations and musical director), and Cassie Abate (associate choreographer).
Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) and the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre are collaborating with Kaitlin Hopkins and the Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance on this joint production, bringing it to the stage in February 2017.