Torrington takes a look at the Irish

February 28, 2018 by  

For those who are looking for a slightly different way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Torrington Warner Stage Company will be presenting Frank McCourt’s ‘The Irish…and How They Got That Way’ in March. This will be a musical based on the book of the same name.

The theme of the book, and subsequently the uplifting musical, is the inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking yet jovial tribute to Irish history and culture during the 20th and 21st Centuries. McCourt, a Pulitzer Prize winner, scrutinizes the nationality he dearly loves.

Music is a prime factor in presenting the theme. The performance will begin with traditional Irish folk ballades such as ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘Galway Girl’ and will progress to the patriotic love songs to America written by George M. Cohen such as ‘Over There’ and ‘You’re a Grand Old Flag’.

It culminates in contemporary hits of Irish origin, like U2’s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’. Rusty McGee composed the original music arrangements.

The iconic graphic design for the book cover is the same as for the musical’s media advertising.

The celebration will be at the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre, 82 Main Street, Torrington on Saturday, March 10 at 8:00 pm; Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 pm; Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 at 8:00 pm; and Sunday, March 18 at 2:00 pm.