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Eddie and The Palaceades

29 March 2017
The R.L. O'Neil Company

Eminent Domain, P & Z, Wetlands, Economic Development, and Historic Preservation provide the plot points in “Eddie and The Palaceades” at The Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford March 31-April 9.

Roy O’Neil (Author) at left, and Jared Brown at right announce that Eddie and The Palaceades is coming to the Square foot Theatre Company.

Eddie and The Palaceaedes tells the story of a 60’s era one-hit wonder who is getting the band back together to save the Palace Theatre in Waterbury. Along the way, he has to overcome crooked politicians, weave through planning and zoning meetings, cross wetlands commissions and enlist the State Historic Preservation Officer to protect an architectural treasure.

A truism in theatre is “write what you know” and so it is that many of the plot points for this new musical come from the world of planning and community development. I have served as Planning Director in Danbury, Community Development Director in Waterbury and President of the Bridgeport Economic Development Corp. Given my background, people seeing the musical or reading the script sometimes ask, “Is that character supposed to be so-and-so?”  But no, the show is entirely fictional, with the plot line serving as a metaphor for saving the heart and soul of a community and giving some old-timers another shot at glory.

Eddie and The Palaceades opens with a fundraising concert to restore the Palace Theatre. The Theatre is quickly condemned by a crooked mayor using eminent domain to transfer the theatre to a developer who plans a mixed use redevelopment which will include a trash-to-energy plant, a fast-food fair and a porno parlor. The developer is Land Use Liabilities Unlimited (LULU). In his fight to save the palace, Eddie winds up running for mayor. This musical comedy incorporates a Planning & Zoning meeting as part of the comedic action, even including a song called “Subsection D” when Eddie get an injunction based on historic preservation.

The show has been presented at three New York City musical festivals and has won some awards and great reviews along the way. 

The show is being presented at The Square Foot Theatre Company at 950 Yale Avenue in Wallingford, CT.  Square Foot was founded by Jared Andrew Brown and Patrick Laffin and is celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season. Square Foot is one of the most active theatres in the state, producing nine shows this year.  Their shows are geared to engage all elements of the community including youth theatre, college programs, all age shows and adult projects.

Eddie and the Palaceades opens March 31 and runs to April 9. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 and the Sunday matinee April 9 is at 2:00 PM.

Call (203)793-7383 for tickets.  More info on the show, music samples and a link to the ticketing website are available at

From Midtown International Theatre Festival, Eddie runs for Mayor.

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