In the town of Big Oak lies the Crossroads Cafe, where five locals come together to plan the annual Tomato Parade. With everything in place, the town hopes the parade can sweeten the hearts of potential investors who are considering Big Oak for a new amusement park, which could bring tourists and an end to the town's financial distress. So who else should ride in the show but Ned Durango, beloved idol and star cowboy. Well, to some at least. Norm Foster and Leslie Arden deliver a comedic yet touching musical of big dreams and new beginnings.
Norm Foster has been the most produced playwright in Canada every year for the past twenty years. His plays receive an average of one hundred and fifty productions annually. Norm has over sixty plays to his credit, including The Foursome, On a First Name Basis, and Hilda’s Yard. He is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award for his play The Melville Boys and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. He lives in Fredericton.
Leslie Arden is an acclaimed musical theatre composer, lyricist, and librettist. She is best known for her work The House of Martin Guerre, which has played throughout Canada and the US. Leslie is the artistic director and co-founder of the Children's Trio, a company dedicated to theatre for young audiences, and is currently a playwright-in-residence at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
"Ned Durango is musical comedy at its best." —The Wellington Advertiser
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