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Route 66 rolls into Ashe Civic Center

Article Published: Mar. 11, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

For the road warrior who isn't in a hurry, a cruise along old Route 66 can be an unforgettable journey - one with surprises around every curve.

A new musical comedy is coming to the Ashe Civic Center - Route 66 by Roger Bean - that celebrates the golden era of the quirky old highway.

In the rambunctious musical comedy, Route 66, a gang of rowdy Chicago service station attendants played by Brian C. Gray, Dylan R. Hauck, Reid Robinson and Casey Ross strip off their snappy uniforms and head off on a westward-bound road-trip filled with music, dance and highway mischief.

In its heyday, the Route 66 highway boasted such landmarks as the Spooklight in Quapaw, Okla., the giant Jackalope in Fort Worth, Texas, Meteor Crater in Leeup, Ariz., the Wigwam Village in Holbrook, Ariz., El Sombrero Restaurant in Albuquerque, N.M., the Regal Reptile Ranch in Alanreed, Texas and the Chain of the Rocks Bridge Cafe in Albuquerque, N.M.

In the 1940s and '50s, hundreds of fancifully designed motels, motor lodges and motor courts sprung up along the great highway, many of which are still in operation today.

Often called "America's Main Street," U.S. Route 66 is a retro-fantasyland of art deco motels, roadside attractions, Indian trading posts, novelty drive-ins and old-fashioned spit-and-polish service stations, a spokesperson for the musical said.

The high-octane musical is on a 60-city national tour produced by the Georgia-
based Springer Theatricals.

Directed and choreographed by Kimberly Faith Hickman, the show features rock and pop music from the 1950s and '60 s, including such hit tunes as "King of the Road," "Dead Man's Curve," "Six Days on the Road," "Hot Rod Queen," "I Get Around," "Little Old Lady from Pasadena," "GTO," "Fun-Fun-Fun," and, of course, "Route 66."

"Don't miss this tribute to the romance of the quintessential road trip, Route 66, leads the audience along the great 'America's Main Street' in a nostalgic celebration of music and whimsical highway fun," the spokesperson said.

Sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council, Route 66 will be at the Ashe Civic Center on Tuesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. The tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and are available by phone with a credit card or at the Ashe Arts Center. Call 336-846-ARTS for tickets and information.

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