Little Chicago-Musical

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Little Chicago was a play written by nationally acclaimed playwright and storyteller, Jo Carson. It premiered in 1982 and was performed by The Road Company, Johnson City’s theater ensemble who were known for their depiction of the Appalachian experience. Richard wrote five original songs for the play, including the “Little Chicago” theme, and was an integral part of the music crew, which included his longtime friends and collaborators, Doug Dorschug and Ed Snodderly. Richard was naturally a thematic songwriter, and writing these musical pieces for the stage and theater came easy for him. 

A musical production by The Road Company in 1982, featuring original musical compositions by Richard Blaustein. The performance featured Blaustein (fiddle), Doug Dorschug (guitar, banjo, piano), Dennis Frederick (trombone, banjo, guitar), Kelly R. Hill, Jr. (cornet), Ed Snodderly (guitar, dobro, mandolin), and Rod Stipe (mandolin, guitar, fiddle).

The complete recording is available to stream at the following link: Little Chicago

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Little Chicago-Musical