The Middle of Nowhere

Schrijver: Tracy Friedman

The songs of Randy Newman are deftly woven into a contemporary ‘minstrel’ show with the sociological punch that has made Newman America’s foremost musical satirist. Set in 1969, five disparate characters find themselves stranded at a bus depot in a back-water Louisiana town. As the rain pours down, their personas pour forth. There’s the station’s janitor, the jingoistic salesman and his hitchhiking pick-up, the redneck with a guitar case full of beer, and the Black GI returning from Vietnam. In a succession of stylized vaudevillian set pieces, this show-within-a-show becomes a bittersweet allegory of American pluralism.

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Instrumentatie: Orchestration Package (5 Books)
  • 1 – REED (Clarinet, Tenor Sax)
  • 1 – DRUMS (Trap Set, Wind Chimes, Tambourines, Triangle)
  • 1 – BASS
1 Woman
4 Men

Joe - an old black man. He seems to be the janitor of the depot.
The GI - a handsome black soldier, very intelligent but with a chip on his shoulder.
The Salesman - a middle-aged, Jewish travelling salesman with a robust personality.
The Girl - a young, white, urban, hitchhiker who's good at taking care of herself.
The Redneck - a big, brawny, loud but likeable kind of a guy.