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“This is a very entertaining, nostalgic throw-back to those grand, ole musicals of the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s,and 60’s,  like Oklahoma, South Pacific, Gypsy, Guys & Dolls, 42nd Street, et. al.”

(Theatre Reviews by Dennis Sparks here.)

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When Pigs Fly 

by Howard Crabtree & Mark Waldrop

Serendipity Players and Vancouver Eagles Aerie 2158 are proud to present …”this side splitting musical extravaganza… [where] new heights of hilarity are achieved in outrageous skits. Crabtree’s creations send When Pigs Fly soaring to silly heights…Waldrop’s lyrics are skillful and funny.” - New York Daily News

“A good old fashioned revue given a gay new fashioned twist and the kind of fantasticated costumes that could have your eyes out on stalks…Gallagher’s music is glitter bright and tuneful.” - New York Post

“Exceptionally cheerful…[with] enough hilarity, wit and outre humor to evoke that era when bright, irreverent revues were commonplace on Broadway…This show works.” - New York Times

The American Theatre Wing’s Working in the Theatre:
Howard Crabtree was ill with AIDS while the world premiere of “When Pigs Fly” was in rehearsal. He died shortly before it opened. Below is a link to a video of a wonderful panel interview featuring Mark Waldrop and Danny Gates, who worked with Howard to develop the play and the costumes.  The video is courtesy of The American Theatre Wing’s Working in the Theatre.


Beverly Emmons - Lighting Designer
Danny Gates - Costume Designer
James Noone - Scenic Designer
Robin Phillips - Scenic Designer
Basil Twist - Puppeteer
Mark Waldrop - Director
Tish Dace - Moderator
Tony Walton - Moderator
Isabelle Stevenson - Host 

The panel — Tony Award winning lighting designer Beverly Emmons for AmadeusPassion and The Heiress; costume designer Danny Gates (When Pigs Fly); 1997 Tony Award winners for Best Scenic Design for Jekyll and Hyde James Noone and director/designer Robin Phillips; puppeteer Basil Twist (Peter and Wendy); director Mark Waldrop (When Pigs Fly); and producer/playwright Liza Lorwin (Peter and Wendy) — talk about how designers work with directors, producers and writers; directing in addition to designing; creating pop-up sets; working with the late Howard Crabtree on When Pigs Fly, with a detailed demonstration of costumes; Jekyll and Hyde‘s movable plexiglass towers, backdrops, and lighting with new Varilights technology; and the unanswerable question of “what makes good design?” 

Originally taped – September, 1997 
Running Time – 1:30:00