Theater: Mississippi Romp

THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM

Book and Lyrics by ALFRED UHRY Music by ROBERT WALDMAN Choreography by DONALD SADDLER

For a rural folk tale, this musical is very tongue in chic. Self-mocking humor, stylish performances and a stomping vitality convert the original Eudora Welty novella about a Mississippi Robin Hood into a Broadway romp.

The show evolves in play-within-a-play fashion from an opening square dance, and the book, lyrics, music and choreography mesh delightfully to create the mood of innocent bawdry and rustic high jinks. A handsome highwayman, Jamie Lockhart (Barrie Bostwick), wrests a rich plantation owner's purse from some of his robber competitors...