Charles Strouse and Lee Adams’s First Collaboration: A Pound In Your Pocket
January 24, 2018
When Charles Strouse first met Lee Adams in 1949, neither knew what would happen next. 68 years and three Tony Awards later, Strouse and Adams are one of the most celebrated and prolific teams in musical theatre. Now, an all-star cast will celebrate their first collaboration, the delightful and rarely heard A Pound In Your Pocket.
Based on the classic Charles Dickens novel The Old Curiosity Shop, the comedic musical centers around Dick Swiveller. A congenial, boozy, soon-to-be-heir to a family fortune, Dick takes a job as a law clerk while waiting to come into his inheritance. When he befriends the lonely servant girl of his corrupt employers, the unlikely duo overcome greed, malice, and injustice through a series of topsy-turvy plot twists.
With a delectable score that launched Strouse and Adams’ legendary career and an all-star cast, A Pound in Your Pocket is sure to be considered a newly-discovered classic to warm your hearts this winter. Full casting to be announced shortly.
A Pound In Your Pocket is presented as part of the Second Act Series, produced by Steven Carl McCasland and James Horan. Each evening revisits a short-lived musical, highlighting its neglected score and inviting audiences to rediscover a forgotten gem. Previous evenings include: Onward Victoria, Charlie and Algernon, Eating Raoul, Nick & Nora, 70, Girls, 70 and more.
Eugenia Copeland (A Broadway Holiday with Lisa Lampinelli) as Sophie
Ed Dixon (Drama Desk Award Winner, Georgie, Les Miserables, Sunday In The Park With George) as Sampson
Abbey Jasmine Rose (King’s College’s A Pound In Your Pocket) as Small Servant Girl
Tally Sessions (War Paint, Falsettos, School of Rock) as Dick Swiveller
Gordon Stanley (Cabaret, Ragtime, Beauty and the Beast) as The Constable
Sally Ann Triplett (The Last Ship, Finding Neverland) as Sally
Stearns Matthews (MAC and Bistro Award-winner)
Nikki Switzer (Nightmare Alley, National Tour of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)