The Hartford Stage world premiere of The Flamingo Kid, helmed by Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, is currently playing the Connecticut venue through June 9. Watch Samantha Massell and Jimmy Brewer perform “Never Met A Boy Like You” from the new musical in the music video above.
Inspired by the 1984 Garry Marshall coming-of-age film starring Matt Dillon, The Flamingo Kid reunites Tony winner Tresnjak with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder’s Tony-winning book writer and lyricist Robert L. Freedman; they are collaborating with Tony-nominated composer Scott Frankel.
The cast is headed by newcomer Brewer as Jeffrey Winnick, with Broadway veterans Adam Heller and Liz Larsen as Arthur and Ruth, Jeffrey’s parents, and three-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch and Olivier winner Lesli Margherita as Phil and Phyllis Brody, the affluent couple who frequent the El Flamingo Club. Massell plays their niece, Karla, with Lindsey Brett Carothers as Joyce, Ben Fankhauser as Steve, and Alex Wyse as Hawk.
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The Flamingo Kid is set in the summer of 1963 when Brooklyn teenager Jeffrey Winnick, against the wishes of his father, leaves behind his blue-collar roots for a job working as a cabana boy at the colorful El Flamingo—a posh private club on Long Island. There, he meets Carla, a forward-thinking young woman from California. Tensions grow between father and son when a slick club member takes Jeffrey under his wing.