On the heels of a sellout, 54-performance run in Door County, American Folklore Theatre will bring the musical comedy, “Guys & Does,” to Green Bay Community Theater in December.Two hunters encounter a magical talking deer in the show by Frederick “Doc” Heide, Lee Becker and Paul Libman.
Almost 10,000 people saw the premiere run in Ephraim. Nearly 3,000 others were turned away for lack of seats.
“This show apparently has legs — four of them,” said Becker, who co-authored its book and lyrics.
The music tells the story of Fritz Dingleheimer (Heide), a paper mill worker eager to escape his routine by taking a hunting trip to the northern pines. He finds himself traveling with Duane Puddles, a local oddball who knits, loves self-help books and wants to marry Fritz’s daughter.
Along the way, the hunters encounter a talking deer (Doug Mancheski).
Mancheski is a graduate of Green Bay Premontre (today’s Notre Dame Academy) who has starred since 1998 in AFT’s “Guys on Ice.”
Heide and Becker created the AFT hits “Packer Fans from Outer Space” and “Belgians in Heaven.”
Heide is co-founder of AFT. He is a graduate of Green Bay East High School.
Composer Libman wrote the music for AFT’s “A Cabin with a View,” “Muskie Love,” “Main-Travelled Roads” and this year’s summer hit, “Cheeseheads, the Musical.” Libman is a two-time winner of the Richard Rodgers Award for best new American musical.
Jeffrey Herbst, AFT artistic director, directs the production.
Sets are by Broadway designer James Maronek and costumes by Neen Rock.
This is surely one of the biggest hits yet. Hope it’s here next year, we are one of the ones who missed it.