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All-new musical ‘Zigzag’ debuts at the Strand Theater

May 6, 7 and 8 at The Strand in Hudson Falls, New York

Hudson Falls, New York — Neal Herr knows money can’t buy him love, but watching “Ballet with the Beatles” inspired him to write about it. The result is “Zigzag,” a romantic comedy featuring 20 of Herr’s best relationship songs written throughout his 50-year career. The show opens May 6 for three days and four performances at the Strand Theater in Hudson Falls, New York.

Through song and dance, “Zigzag” tells the nuanced story of aging Cowboy and Butterfly, who look back on their young romance, which was complicated by Cowboy’s boss, Tender, and Butterfly’s abusive manager, Bruce.

“Nine drafts later, ‘Zigzag’ is a small-scale original musical about love over time,” Herr said.

As a singer-songwriter and songwriter of musicals, Herr is credited with over 800 songs. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theater Writing from New York University and has worked with Broadway stars and writers.

Now a retired English teacher, performer and producer, Herr weaves acoustic guitar-based music with roots in country, musical theatre, pop, rock and Cajun, as young Cowboy and Butterfly fall love through tap, ballet, jazz and ballroom dancing.

Songs from the musical have won Best Song awards, won multiple grants, and feature full-band arrangements developed in 10 tribute shows at The Strand.

“Zigzag” is funded in part by an arts grant from LARAC (Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council). The show stars Alan Dunham, Liz Winge, Gigi Bull, Tommy Socolof, Arianna Dreher and Travis Brunell, and is directed by Nicole McDonald, with choreography by Timothy Frost.

Prominent regional musicians playing in the band include Michael Craner on bass, McCoy on fiddle, Rich LaPlante and Donnie Moore on drums, Anthime Moore on cello and Herr on guitar.

“Zigzag” is produced by the Adirondack Institute, an unincorporated non-profit charitable organization.

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