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CS Community Players present historical comedy by local playwright

CS Community Players present historical comedy by local playwright

by Terri Riggle

During a recent rehearsal, Jacob Hoekzema, as Benedict Arnold, belts out his rendition of “Turn Coat” which was written by Jill Phillips for a play titled, “Burr: The One Who Won,” written by brother Scott Phillips.

The latest offering of Cedar Springs’ playwright Scott Phillips takes a swing at American history and lands a knock out punch. “Burr: The One Who Won” tells the story, albeit with tongue very much in cheek, of Alexander Hamilton’s nemesis, Aaron Burr. It’s American history run rampant, spilling over with humor and rousing fun songs. He is, of course, taking a poke at Broadway’s current golden child, “Hamilton” by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The play has been running since August 2015 where it received unprecedented advance box office sales and enthusiastic critical response. In 2016, “Hamilton” received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, winning 11, including Best Musical.  It was also the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

In this production, Phillips tells the story of Aaron Burr, a contemporary of Hamilton and at odds with his political machinations. Burr challenges him to a duel after Hamilton helped swing a vote causing Burr to lose a presidential bid in 1800. You can guess the outcome of the duel. Phillips is also directing the play along with Carolee Cole, who is the Music Director. His sister, Jill Phillips, penned all the lyrics and created all the music for the production. 

In cooperation with the Cedar Springs Community Players, “Burr: The One Who Won,” will open on the Kent Theatre stage on May 17 with additional performances on May 18-19; and May 24-25. Performances start at 7:30, with the exception of a matinee on Sunday, May 19, which has a 3 p.m. start time. The box office is open 30 minutes before each performance and tickets may be purchased at that time for $15 for adults and $6 for children under 18. You may also purchase tickets at the Cedar Springs Public Library in advance for $12 for adults and $6 for children under 18. 

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