The Spitfire Grill: an American musical

Jan. 28 – Feb. 18, 2023. Music and book by James Valcq. Lyrics and book by Fred Alley. Based on the award-winning 1996 film by Lee David Zlotoff. Winner of the Richard Rogers Production Award for new musicals. Watch the 3-minute trailer below for musical highlights or click here for a video synopsis.

Percy Talbott is a woman with a past looking for a fresh start. She finds herself in rural Gilead, Wisconsin, working at THE SPITFIRE GRILL, but learns that being the new kid in town can be its own form of prison. Through determination, grit, and remaining open to possibilities, Percy revitalizes the grill and, in turn, the community. Debuting Off-Broadway in 2001, The Spitfire Grill struck a powerful emotional chord with both audiences and critics. Two decades later, this heartfelt musical’s message about healing the wounds of the past, finding joy in the present, and optimism for the future still resonates.

The Spitfire Grill program cover

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“A soul-satisfying… work of theatrical resourcefulness. A compelling story that flows with grace and carries the rush of anticipation. The story moves, the characters have many dimensions and their transformations are plausible and moving. The musical is freeing. It is penetrated by honesty and it glows.” – The New York Times

“Soulful… The amiable country-flavored tunes and lyrics are rendered with the kind of conviction and expertise that make them transcendent. What in normal times would be a joy is, in these troubled ones, sheer nourishment.” – New York Magazine

“Soaring melodies!… Well before the show reaches its conclusion, many… city slickers in the audience may be ready to enter Percy’s raffle.” – The Wall Street Journal

“An abundance of warmth, spirit and goodwill!… Some of the most engaging and instantly infectious melodies I’ve heard in an original musical in some time.” – USA Today