Sail Away - Lost Treasures Collection musical on Lakewood's Side Door Stage April 15 & 16, 2016

April 15 & 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM & Sat. February 20, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Directed by Ron Daum.

Sail Away at Lakewood Theatre Company, April 15-16, 2016The Lost Treasures Collection, a series of rarely performed musical gems presented in concert/cabaret version on Lakewood Theatre Company's Side Door stage, presents the third offering in its sixth season, the musical Sail Away.

Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.

The production, with stage direction by Ron Daum and musical direction by Matt Insley, will be performed for three performances on two dates only: Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, at 7:00 PM and one Saturday matinee, April 16 at 2:00 PM.

The show is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging. No sets, no props (free from the usual trappings of a fully staged production). This year's theme: PASSPORT TO ROMANCE. Our series sponsor for all three shows is Jaye W. Taylor, Rob Le Chevallier and Buckley Law P.C.

Sail Away

Music and lyrics by Noël Coward

It’s romance aboard a cruise ship, with all the classic wit and charm of Broadway's golden era. Recent divorcée Mimi Paragon is stuck serving tourists as one of the ship's hostesses, when she is drawn to a much younger and strikingly handsome man. The dialogue is peppered with classic Coward witticisms throughout, and the music is composed in the classic Broadway tradition.

The Story: Sail Away is set almost entirely on an ocean liner heading from New York to Europe, and it centers on Mimi Paragon (Adair Chappell), a middle-aged divorcée who works as a hostess on the ship. She finds romance with the much younger Johnny Van Mier (Alexander Birch Elliot) who is controlled by his mother Evelyn Van Mier (Paige Jones).  Also onboard is Barnaby Slade (Collin Carver), a wide-eyed young man seeking romance on the high seas. He finds it with Nancy Foyle (Audrey Sackett), who is an assistant to eccentric author Elinor Spencer-Bollard (Joan Freed). All is observed by Joe (Peter Schyuler) the Purser.

Ticket prices are $20 for all seats. Contact the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or Click here to Purchase Single Tickets securely online.

 Lakewood Theatre Company's Side Door Stage is an intimate 90-seat cabaret-style venue with general admission seating in the Community Meeting Room at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages are available to purchase before and during the show. In 2013 Lakewood's Lost Treasure Collection series received a PAMTA "Outstanding Contribution to Theatre" award.

History of the Play:
Sail Away was the last musical for which Noël Coward’s wrote both book and music, and his first written explicitly for the incomparable Elaine Stritch and an American audience.
Sail Away had out-of-town previews in Boston and Elaine Stritch was promoted to the title role when Coward determined the show needed her charisma as the star. The production opened on Broadway October 3, 1961 and closed in 1962 after 167 performances. Directed by Coward, the original Broadway cast starred Elaine Stritch as Mimi Paragon, James Hurst as John Van Mier, and Margalo Gillmore as Mrs. Van Mier.

The show went on to London in 1962, where it ran for 252 performances

Not only did Coward write the book, music and lyrics, and also direct the show, he even designed the show poster. Some of the well-known songs include "Why Do the Wrong People Travel?" "Useless, Useful Phrases," "The Customer's Always Right," and the title song. The song "Sail Away" was first used by Coward in his 1950 musical Ace of Clubs.   

Cast of Noel Coward's Sail Away

Pictured: (left to right) Kurt Herman, Matt Insley, Joan Freed, Colin Carver, Audrey Sackett, Alexander Birch Elliott, Adair Chappell, Paige Jones, Peter Schuyler, Deb Blakewood, and Ron Daum.

Ticket Information

Lakewood's 90-seat Side Door Stage theatre is located in the Community Meeting Room at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Tickets are $20 and are available through the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901.

Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.

  Ron Daum - Lakewood Theatre Company

  Ron Daum, Curator/Director