THE BUDDIES ARE BACK!
Back by popular demand – the ice-fishing musical that took Madison by storm! From their shanty, ice-fishing buddies Marvin and Lloyd sing about life, love, and the one that got away. This hilarious piece of Wisconsin anthropology will once again charm your wool socks off.
Finally back in Madison, is the nation’s favorite ice-fishing musical comedy, Guys on Ice. Join Marvin and Lloyd for one more historic day on the ice. Sold-out houses in Wisconsin and across the country have enjoyed this whirlwind ice-fishing tale, gaining wisdom about everything from the attributes of a snowmobile suit to romancing the checkout girl at the local grocery store. With songs such as “The Wishing Hole” and “Fish is the Miracle Food”, Guys on Ice isn’t just a musical - it’s a journey through the secret culture of Northern Wisconsin ice fishermen. Anyone who has ever been curious about those little plywood shanties sitting on lake ice and what goes on inside them should find all questions answered with this heartwarming and witty musical comedy. Written by Fred Alley with music by James Kaplan, Guys on Ice returns to the Barrymore Theatre, for the first time since 2004, with 10 performances December 19 – 22 and 26 – 29.
Since 1998, Guys On Ice has played to sold-out houses in Ephraim, Sturgeon Bay, Green Bay, Milwaukee and Madison and played for audiences as far away as Oregon, California, and New York. Fred Alley wrote the following description of the show for American Folklore Theatre’s 1998 program: “You've seen them. Little wooden shanties sitting on lake ice. Puffs of smoke rising from chimney pipes. On a quiet day, maybe the static of a tinny radio filters through plywood walls, across the frozen tundra, back to shore. In a cold world, on a cold day, on a frozen lake, these little signs of life are all most people know of a secret culture that thrives right here amongst us. Well, wonder no more.”
Once again, the Barrymore brings you this somewhat twisted take on the secret world of ice fisherman. Guys On Ice is a charming play that spends a day in the life of Marvin and Lloyd — two ice fishing buddies and home-grown philosophers from Northern Wisconsin.
Marvin and Lloyd talk and sing about life, love, and the one that got away. From their ice fishing shanty, the long-time pals keep warm with a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer, and the Green Bay Packers. As Marvin anxiously awaits his opportunity to appear on a cable TV fishing show and share the secrets of his life on da' lake, Lloyds ponders a recent squabble with his wife concerning plans to spend their anniversary at Lambeau Field. Both pals scramble to protect their cold Leinie’s from fellow angler, Ernie the Moocher.
With musical numbers like "De Wishing Hole", "Ode to a Snowmobile Suit", and "Fish is de Miracle Food", Guys on Ice will charm your wool socks off.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette said, "It's Wisconsiny. It's also surprisingly touching."
" Guys On Ice is simple, straightforward and possesses a sweet charm," said the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.