The Spitfire Grill is a beautiful musical, written shortly after the 1996 film of the same name by Lee David Zlotoff. James Valcq provides the music and book for this lovely piece written for the stage. Lyrics and book is provided by Fred Alley. To give audiences unfamiliar with this relatively new musical (it premiered in 2000) a listen at the soaring and touching melodies, we've shared selections from the original cast recording of the musical for you to enjoy!
Valcq and Alley's musical was met with critical acclaim not long after the production premiered. Amy Gamerman of the Wall Street Journal wrote, “The Spitfire Grill feels as if it has been transplanted to Times Square directly from an obscure patch of the American heartland. The longing for a place like Gilead, well removed from the big, troublesome world, is real enough – perhaps now more than ever. The show’s creators tap into that longing with unembarrassed directness. At a time when cynicism seems downright unpatriotic, sophisticates may find themselves powerless to resist. Well before the show reaches its conclusion, many of the New York city slickers in the audience may be ready to enter Percy’s raffle themselves.”
We hope you can join us at Lyric Arts when the colors of paradise come to the state and see what's cooking at The Spitfire Grill.