Here's the first look at 'Cheers Live on Stage'
Sam, Diane, Carla and Norm are coming to a town near you!
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The bar where everyone knows your name is coming to a town near you.
Earlier this year, we told you about a stage version of the beloved sitcom Cheers that was set to tour the country. With opening night fast approaching, the Boston Globe stopped by to catch up with the patrons and grab a pint.
Cheers Live on Stage was written by Erik Forrest Jackson and will focus on the first season of the show, meaning it's all about Sam and Diane. Those wishing to see appearances by Woody, Frasier and Rebecca are out of luck.
"I took season one and put it all into a big pot and cooked it up and boiled it down," Jackson told the Associated Press earlier this year.
After a slow start when it debuted in 1982, Cheers eventually became one of the most beloved television series of all time. This type of success creates a daunting task for everyone involved in the play.
The Boston Globe reports the show's director, Matt Lenz, was very careful when selecting his cast. Lenz told the newspaper he was looking for actors who not only physically resembled the sitcom's original cast, but also those who captured the "spirit."
For instance, actor Grayson Powell, a 6-foot-5 former athlete, will play Sam.
"I really identified with him," Lenz told the Boston Globe. "He has this macho bravado… that's been so much fun to explore."
The spirit of each character wasn't the only thing Lenz wanted to get right. The director quickly realized the importance of capturing the essence of a working bar, a crucial element of the original series.
Lenz says he sometimes stops at a local bar on the way home from rehearsals, where the bartender actually knows his name. Maybe the world hasn't changed that much since Cheers went off the air in 1993.
Fittingly enough, the play will debut tomorrow night in Boston, the sitcom's cherished setting. It'll run there at the Shubert Theatre until September 18, when it will move to Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse from September 20 to October 23.
You can catch the full list of cities on the show's website.