Route 66 News

New stage production: “Tucumcari”

In the LA Weekly newspaper, I found this little item in the stage listings:

TUCUMCARI Riley Steiner’s story of “love, choices, tough times, and Western music on Route 66.”. Theatre 40 at the Reuben Cordova Theater, 241 Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills; opens Feb. 2; Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru Feb. 27. (310) 364-0535.

A little surfing found this page at Theatre 40, which has the Reuben Cordova Theater, and more information about “Tucumcari”:

When the passionate, sensual and gritty horsewoman Lillian loses her grandfather’s ranch in New Mexico, she settles for the love of her childhood friend and ranch hand, Lyle. Determined to make a good life for his bride, Lyle sets the couple up in a modest “tourist court” on the newly-booming Route 66 in 1928. Lillian had been hoping for a chance to be free and see a scrap of the world with her husband. She is devastated by Lyle’s choice, but pragmatic and hard working to the bone.

The couple makes a go of it until Cade, a wandering man of the road from Lillian’s past, appears on the doorstep. Charismatic and full of romantic tales, Cade is stranded in Tucumcari, New Mexico when the stock market crashes. The men become fast friends and Lill is torn between the love of a good cowboy and the lure of a worldly man.

TUCUMCARI weaves the enduring jazz, western and folk tunes from the Dust Bowl era throughout its passionate love triangle.


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