Meadow Brook Theatre ends season with romantic ‘Burt & Me’

Michigan premiere musical comedy runs from May 30 through June 24, 2018

In the musical Burt & Me, Joe and Lacey were high school sweethearts, but when they attended different colleges, they drifted apart. Years later, they meet again, and Joe decides to win Lacey back. All it will take is a clever plan, a little bit of luck and the songs of Burt Bacharach.

Burt & Me, with book by Larry McKenna, lyrics by Hal David and music by Burt Bacharach, runs Wednesday, May 30 through Sunday, June 24 at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester.

“Everyone will know these songs,” says Travis Walter, MBT artistic director, referring to the nearly 20 Burt Bacharach songs, including “Wishin’ & Hopin’,” “Close To You,” and “I Say a Little Prayer.”

“Bacharach’s music takes us on a charming journey through the years with Joe and Lacey. I think people may be surprised at just how many Burt Bacharach songs they know,” says Walter. “Burt & Me is the perfect way to close our season.”

Darilyn Castillo and Tim Dolan star in Burt & Me.
Photo courtesy of Sean Carter Photography.

Joe is played by Tim Dolan and Darilyn Castillo is Lacey. Jason Williams and Allison Hunt-Kaufman play Jerry and Sally, as well as members of the ensemble. The cast is rounded out by Richard Marlatt, who plays George, Mrs. Bernstein, Father DeJoseph and a member of the ensemble, and Sara Kmiec and Brendan Lindberg, both in the ensemble.

Burt & Me is directed by Travis W. Walter, with music direction by Erich Rausch and choreography by Christopher George Patterson. Terry W. Carpenter is the stage manager with scenic design by Kristen Gribbin, costume design by Liz Goodall, light design by Matthew J. Fick and sound design by Mike Duncan.

Erich Rausch also conducts the band and plays piano. The rest of the band includes Chris Napier (trumpet), Ryan Crum (bass) and Nick Matthews (percussion).

Tickets range from $28 to $43 and are available by calling the Meadow Brook Theatre box office at 248-377-3300 or going online at Student discounts are available at the box office. Groups of eight or more should call 248-370-3316 for group pricing.

Burt & Me is made possible through the generous support of The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Kresge Foundation, The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and the Meadow Brook Theatre Guild.

Meadow Brook Theatre is located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. For additional information, please visit or call 248-377-3300. Meadow Brook Theatre is a nonprofit, cultural institution serving southeast Michigan for more than 50 years.

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