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Paradise Park: The Musical

by Theatre West Virginia 2018 Cast

This album contains elements of Americana, country, jazz and rock music.
Genre: Country: Country Folk
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1. Nada's Dream
0:20 $0.99
2. Paradise Park
3:48 $0.99
3. You All Have a Dream
3:13 $0.99
4. Plates on a Stick
3:46 $0.99
5. Something for Nothing
3:12 $0.99
6. Once in a Lifetime
4:17 $0.99
7. He Came Back Home
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8. What Do You Think About
4:13 $0.99
9. Just Sign
1:10 $0.99
10. We're Gonna Have a Party
3:34 $0.99
11. It's a New Morning
3:55 $0.99
12. Moonshine Run
3:16 $0.99
13. Old Numbers Game
4:36 $0.99
14. No Money Down
3:05 $0.99
15. There's Always Another War
3:38 $0.99
16. Never Ending Love
4:24 $0.99
17. Paradise Park (Reprise)
3:56 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Excerpts from the "Beckley Register Herald" about "Paradise Park The Musical":

It could sound presumptuous — absurdly offensive, even — to say that a musical set in a trailer park captures the heart of West Virginia. But “Paradise Park: The Musical” — a play about what would happen if God visited a West Virginia trailer park — has been just what the state needs to showcase the beauty of its people.

...Audiences connected immediately with the musical, [Theatre WV General Manager Scott Hill] reported.
“It’s like they embrace it,” he said. “I don’t want to sound too hokey here, but love at first sight is what people are saying.”
An adaptation of the 1992 film “Paradise Park,” which was written and directed by acclaimed state filmmaker Danny Body and starring “Mountain Stage” creator and host Larry Groce, the musical version is a tale of grit and dreams — a heart-touching glimpse of the Mountaineer’s hope and struggle, with music by Groce.

The musical starts when resident Neda (Regina Wilson Brown) has a dream that God will visit Paradise Park and grant her and her neighbors one wish. Neda sets off to convince those in the “trailer-hood” that God is coming. Mount Hope actor Michael Martin, who played the religious fanatic in the movie version, has a role as a retired coal miner in the TWV musical.
Andy Woodruff, a well-known actor in the state, delivers a crowd-pleasing number as the Governor of West Virginia.

Instead of shying away from stereotypes about the state, the musical intelligently claims those stereotypes and casts them in a light that sympathetically shows the struggles of state residents. “You just had to turn the stereotypes on yourself, basically,” Hill said.”There are some stereotypical characters from West Virginia in this play, but it’s about us, and I looked at it as, it’s portraying me.

“There’s a little bit of redneck in all of us,” he added. “There’s a little bit of miner in all of us. There’s a little bit of combative teacher in all of us, and that’s kind of how we looked at it — trying to present West Virginia in a true light, not in a stereotypical light, but sometimes using a stereotypical character.”

Against a backdrop of current politics and state history, and through musical numbers directed by [Ryan Kennedy and Amanda Bridgette], the audience will see the internal lives of the characters. They’ll discover why the numbers Neda plays in the West Virginia Lottery mean so much and how difficult it is for a governor to lead a state that the rest of the nation, and many of its residents, are constantly heckling.

Paradise Park: The Musical has captured the attention of state and local leaders, including Gov. Jim Justice, who made a cameo appearance as a man heckling the “governor,” Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold, Raleigh delegate and businessman Mick Bates and Beckley businessman Ray Morton.

Does God “visit” Paradise Park during the party? That’s for the audience to judge. But those who haven’t yet felt a sense of pride in saying, “I’m a West Virginian,” may find that a “visit” to Paradise Park could leave them with a respect for their neighbors and themselves — and a rekindled love for West Virginia that was there, all along.



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