Pegasus Theatre presents
The Cuban and the Redhead
by Robert Bartley and Danny Whitman
Before “I Love Lucy”, he loved Lucy.
See the love story you only thought you knew.
A young Desi Arnaz sets sail from a Cuba in chaos, and embarks on a turbulent journey that leads him to Hollywood and into the arms of a fiery, redheaded movie star named Lucille Ball.
Join us for the The Cuban and the Redhead, a new musical about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, with book, music and lyrics by Robert Bartley and Danny Whitman. For tickets call the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts (972-744-4650) or go online to https://www.eisemanncenter.com/event/i/6222/d/pegasus-the-cuban-the-redhead or https://bit.ly/2LfSvpm.
Please enjoy this Sneak Peek at The Cuban and the Redhead
Meet the creators of The Cuban and the Redhead
Robert Bartley is a writer, director, choreographer and actor. In 2006, Robert created Broadway Backwards for which he continues to direct, choreograph and write special material. In its various incarnations, Broadway Backwards has featured hundreds of stars including Betty Buckley, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Len Cariou, Neil Patrick Harris, Lili Tomlin, Chita Rivera, Sandy Duncan, Cheyenne Jackson, Laura Michelle Kelly, Kathleen Turner, Danielle Brooks, Tituss Burgess, Wayne Brady and Whoopi Goldberg. Bartley and co-writer, Danny Whitman, have developed their musical The Cuban and the Redhead, formerly titled Dance with Me, which has been featured in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) Festival, the Los Angeles Festival of New American Musicals, the Village Theatre New Works Festival and in readings at the York Theatre Company in New York City and Revision Theatre. Bartley has contributed material to Broadway’s Gypsy of the Year at the St. James Theatre. Bartley’s songs have been featured in NEO: A Celebration of Emerging Talent in Musical Theatre, and in The Music of Broadway: the Next Generation of Broadway Composers. Bartley and his collaborator, Danny Whitman, presented Sailing Against the Current, a concert of their songs at The York Theatre Company with Tony Yazbeck, Jenn Colella and Tituss Burgess.
As a director/choreographer, Bartley helmed two Off-Broadway shows which received critical acclaim. Bedbugs the Musical played a sold out run at the Archlight Theatre following a limited run at the Chernuchin Theatre. Character Man, featuring Drama Desk Award-winner Jim Brochu, had a sold out run at Urban Stages and garnered Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Outstanidng Solo Show, followed by additional productions across the country directed by Bartley including Barrington Stage Company, Broward Theatre in Miami, FL, Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston and American Theatre Group in New Jersey. In New York, Bartley has also served as director/choreographer for The Family Fiorelli in The New York Musical Theatre Festival, director for Hair as part of Peculiar Work’s Obie-winning sequel Off Stage: East Village Fragments and director/choreographer for a The Tales of Custard the Dragon, a family musical, at Algonquin Theatre in New York City, which transferred Off-Broadway to DR2. In 2006, Robert’s re-imagining and staging of the duet “We Kiss in a Shadow” featuring Matt Cavenaugh and Cheyenne Jackson was named Dynamic Duet of 2006 by Playbill Online.
As an actor, Robert has played leading roles on and off-Broadway in Miss Saigon, Cy Coleman’s last musical Exactly Like You and Clue the Musical, in national touring productions of CATS and Grease, at Carnegie Hall in Aladdin, and at dozens of the most celebrated regional theatres across the country including Goodspeed Musicals, Barrington Stage Company, Theatre Under the Stars, Maine State Music Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Pioneer Theatre and Coconut Grove Playhouse. Screen credits include The Producers, the Movie Musical and Disney’s Enchanted. One particularly memorable experience was performing in an all-star concert of West Side Story alongside Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Bette Midler, Beyonce and Chita Rivera.
Bartley is a member of the Dramatists Guild, SSDC, AEA, SAG, AGMA, AFTRA and AGVA.
As a lyricist, Danny is represented by The Tales of Custard the Dragon, based on stories by Ogden Nash, which was commissioned and produced by The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. later produced at The Makor Theatre as part of the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival, and Off-Broadway at the Algonquin Theatre and DR2. Subsequently, Light Keeper Productions produced a 2006-2007 tour of Custard in addition to a 2005-2006 tour of Only a Girl, about Holocaust Rescuer Irene Updyke, for which Danny served as composer/lyricist. Custard is licensed by Samuel French. With collaborator Robert Bartley, sharing the responsibilities of co-composer/lyricist/librettist, Danny’s musical The Cuban and the Redhead, formerly Dance with Me has been featured in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) Festival, the Los Angeles Festival of New American Musicals, the Village Theatre New Works Festival and in readings at the York Theatre Company in New York City and Revision Theatre. Danny’s music and lyrics have been featured in ASCAP/MAC Songwriter’s Showcase, Arts & Artists Songwriters Showcase in New York City, NEO: A Celebration of Emerging Talent in Musical Theatre and The Music of Broadway: the Next Generation of Broadway Composers. Danny and his collaborator, Robert Bartley, have performed concerts of their songs at Provincetown Theater and at Off-Broadway’s York Theatre Company. Some of the Broadway performers who have performed Danny’s songs include Rachel York, Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, Nancy Opel, Tituss Burgess, Janine LaMana, Jenn Colella, Tony Yazbeck, Karen Mason and Terri White.
As an arranger, Danny’s work has been performed in Portland Symphony Orchestra’s A Celebration of Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim and While the City Sleeps… the songs of Charles Strouse, an original musical revue Danny conceived and directed under the supervision of Mr. Strouse, which premiered at Syracuse Stage. Danny served as vocal arranger for It Feels Like Home by John Bucchino, All Join Together (a 9/11 anniversary benefit concert) and as musical director for Just Deserts at Berkshire Theatre Festival.
As an actor, Danny has performed around the country as Sparky in the musical Forever Plaid among other shows, and as Gaston in a national touring production of Gigi.
Danny is a member of ASCAP, The Dramatists Guild of America, AEA, and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University.