Cartoonist Al Capp’s “Li’l Abner” will come to the stage in a musical presented by the Kentwood Players theater group beginning Friday, March 12th through Saturday, April 17th at the Westchester Playhouse.

Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester.

The musical is based on characters created by Capp, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Gene de Paul. “Li’l Abner” is directed and choreographed by Victoria Miller and produced by Susan Goldman Weisbarth, with Dave Boyer as the musical director.

Capp’s comic strip was based in the fictional backwoods town of “Dogpatch, USA” and offered humorous political and social commentary in the comic section of newspapers nationwide from 1934 to 1977.

The story centers around Dogpatch’s Sadie Hawkins Day Race, the—annual opportunity for Daisy Mae to once again attempt to snag Li’l Abner for her husband. But the race gets interrupted by Washington, D.C. bureaucrats,—who announce that Dogpatch has been determined to be the most unnecessary town in the U.S., as it is selected as the site for testing the atomic bomb.

The townspeople are told they can only avoid—evacuation and annihilation by demonstrating that the town has some redeeming value.

The cast includes Derek Rubiano and Meredith M. Sweeney as Abner and Daisy Mae.

Tickets are $23 with a $2 discount for seniors, students, and servicemen. To purchase tickets, (310) 645-5156 during box office hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Tickets can also be purchased online at www.kentwoodplayers.org/.

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