A Concert of Songs from Rex Pickett’s Sideways: The Musical will debut at Buena Vista Winery, California’s first premium winery – founded in 1857, as a limited live-concert engagement, September 11-12 exclusively for American Express Card Members. Author Rex Pickett’s world-renowned novel Sideways famously rocked the world of wine forever with its Academy Award-winning feature film adaptation. This summer, his hilarious, new musical will come to life on the stage with Broadway’s brightest new stars. This Concert of Songs is something truly original: a teaser premiere of the full stage production.
Sideways: The Musical is composed by Anthony Leigh Adams and produced by John Campbell and Rex Pickett. The sweeping live experiences of comedy, heartbreak, and romance includes pre-reception food and wine events and exclusive wine tasting experiences hosted by Buena Vista Winery of the Boisset Collection. Rex Pickett will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
This Concert of Songs will debut 10 out of 18 never-performed-before songs from Rex Pickett’s Sideways: The Musical, including titles “The Life of Wine”, “Drink a Memory”, “You’re Not The One”, and “No Matter How Low We Go.” The cast stars Devin Archer (Miss Saigon), Audrey Cardwell (Falsettos; Bright Star), Nicholas Edwards (Frozen; Last 5 Years) and Emily Goglia (Grease, Live!; STAGES).
While Payne’s movie version focused on the buddy-buddy comedy of characters Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden-Church), Pickett’s musical raises the emotional stakes of their road-trip through California’s wine country. “The two female lead roles have been greatly expanded and the result is a more lushly romantic piece without sacrificing the bawdy comedy of the original movie that fans know so well,” said Pickett.
“Just before Broadway shut down in March 2020, I asked John Campbell to be my lead producer,” said Rex Pickett. Pickett finished writing all the songs with Adams in the following months as the Covid pandemic spread, and shared, “while restrictions started to lift this year, theaters still aren’t fully open yet. And John hatched a brilliant pivot: that we would still be able to curate a live musical experience, celebrating the overflowing themes of wine and good times in a safe, open air setting. A Concert of Songs from the musical was born and wine country, the perfect backdrop.” Campbell brought Tony Award nominated Jacob Langfelder (Sea Wall/ A Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal) to Executive Produce the concerts.
“We are thrilled to host Sideways: the Musical at Buena Vista Winery … Buena Vista has long held a significant role in uniting culture and wine in a grand setting at the foot of the first wine caves, and the first stone winery of California. Bringing musical theater alive with the brilliant talents of Rex Pickett and John Campbell is a dream for the wine world,” said Jean-Charles Boisset, Proprietor of Buena Vista Winery.