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3250 Riverside Park Drive
Vero Beach, FL 32963
United States

(772) 231-6990

Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, FL is a regionally producing theatre affiliated with Actor's Equity Association, The League of Resident Theatres, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and United Scenic Artists. Riverside Children's Theatre, the educational arm of Riverside, offers classes, camps, and training opportunities in the areas of theatre, dance, music, and video for all ages on a year round basis.

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Lost Highway

Follow Williams' rise from his beginnings on the Louisiana Hayride to his triumphs at the Grand Ole Opry to his eventual self-destruction at the age of twenty-nine. Along the way, audiences are treated to indelible songs like "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Move It on Over," "Hey, Good Lookin'" and many more.


Hank Williams: Lost Highway

by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik

An award-winning tribute to one of the great innovators of American popular music. Follow Williams' rise from his beginnings on the Louisiana Hayride to his triumphs on the Grand Ole Opry to his eventual self-destruction at the age of twenty-nine. Along the way, audiences are treated to indelible songs like "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Move It on Over," and "Hey, Good Lookin'" and many more. David Lutken and a talented cast of performer/musicians, discover the show Rolling Stone calls, "exhilarating" and The New York Times says is, "smart, sweet, and poignant."  



BACKSTAGE ACCESS:  HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY -  An adult class/seminar/lecture.
Wednesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm
October 18, October 25, November 1, 2017

This lecture-type of class will examine the production of Hank Williams: Lost Highway, studying its past production history, and learning about Riverside's interpretation. Guest artists will visit class and have discussions with class members. After attending a performance, the class will analyze the production.

Call 772-231-6990 for information about future workshops on all our productions.


BACKSTAGE TOUR:  HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY -  See everything behind the red curtain! 
Friday's, November 10, 11am and 2:00pm
Enjoy an entertaining, story-filled tour backstage and get behind the red curtain of Hank Williams: Lost Highway. See set designs and props up close. Meet some of the talented people that make it all happen. Learn more about how the shows are created and brought to life on stage. The tours last roughly one hour. The cost is $5 per person / Free for Members ($100 or more donors). Call for future tour dates and reservations 772-231-6990.





"Cast Complete for Riverside's Lost Highway Musical" –  READ MORE

"Riverside Theatre presents Hank Williams: Lost Highway" READ MORE

"Riverside Theatre’s season opener hits all the right notes" – Angela Smith, TC Palm READ REVIEW

Review: Hank Williams: Lost Highway – By PAM HARBAUGH, Brevard Culture READ REVIEW


*Members of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Eric Anthony (Jimmy Burrhead) is thrilled to return to Riverside Theatre!  His last time onstage here was in the 2011 production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.  Broadway: Ring of Fire.  National Tour: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (MD/Norm Petty), Pump Boys & Dinettes (Jackson). Regional:  Million Dollar Quartet (Brother Jay) at the St. Louis Rep, KC New Theatre, Flat Rock & Arrow Rock (MD). Ring of Fire at Flat Rock Playhouse, Merry Go Round Playhouse, and the Arrow Rock Lyceum (MD). Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story Lyric Theatre of OK, Westchester B’way (Joe Mauldin), Flat Rock Playhouse (Joe Mauldin/MD), and Ogunquit Playhouse (MD). Hank Williams: Lost Highway (MD) at the Flat Rock and Merry Go Round Playhouse(s).  My Mother's Lesbian, Jewish, Wiccan Wedding (MD) at the Merry Go Round Playhouse.  Without the guitar, Eric has performed in West Side Story (Tony) and 1776 (John Dickinson) at the Cumberland County Playhouse.  As well as the Padre in Man of La Mancha at the Flat Rock Playhouse.  A Native of St. Louis, Eric was a section leader and soloist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Chorus.  Check out his awesome Honky Tonk Band, Ben Hope & The Uptown Outfit -


Katie Barton (Audrey Williams) makes her Riverside Theatre debut in Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Katie has toured the United States, Japan and Canada with the Broadway National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet. She earned a degree in Musical Theatre at Birmingham-Southern College, and completed acting apprenticeships at Flat Rock Playhouse and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Katie is so grateful to have a career that allows her to travel the world, learning, growing and playing music alongside her best friend and husband, Ben Hope. Favorite roles: Dyanne - Million Dollar Quartet (National Tour, Las Vegas, Norwegian Getaway), Tammy Wynette – Stand By Your Man, Nora -Woody Sez, June Carter – Ring of Fire.

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David Finch (Leon Loudmouth) has performed as an actor/musician in 21 productions of Woody Sez, most recently Off-Broadway at NYC’s Irish Repertory Theatre. This is his 3rd show here at Riverside (Woody Sez1940’s Radio Hour). Broadway: Cabaret, West End: Woody Sez. Most notably, he played solo chromatic harmonica as the “Mock Turtle” in the L.A. Philharmonic/BBC Orchestra’s joint production of the opera Alice in Wonderland, and several instruments beside Alan Cumming in his PBS special: “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.” He toured Nationally/Internationally with Cabaret, and Fame the musical. Off-Broadway credits also include: Allegro, Fame on 42nd St., and Spring Storm -

Ben Hope (Hank Williams) is delighted to portray one of his favorite American songwriters. Hope made his Broadway debut in 2012 in the Tony Award winning musical Once. He developed an early passion for good music and storytelling through his upbringing in Birmingham, AL. This passion has taken him around the world playing such notable musical greats as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, George Jones, Woody Guthrie, and Buddy Holly, among other more traditional musical theatre roles. Hope has a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Central Florida. Ben leads NYC-based Honky-Tonk band Ben Hope & The Uptown Outfit.  Learn more about Ben and the band on their Facebook page.  All of Ben’s music is available on iTunes and other digital music outlets.


David M. Lutken (Co-director/Music Director/Fred Rose): Mr. Lutken received his post-graduate degree from The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. As a director and music director, his work includes the West End, Broadway and Off-Broadway, as well as dozens of productions across Europe and the United States over the last 25 years. Concerts and Recitals include: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The 92nd St. Y, with the North Carolina Symphony, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and The Louisiana Hayride. Acting credits include: Broadway: Inherit the Wind; Ring of Fire; The Civil War; The Will Rogers Follies. New York City Opera: Paul Bunyan. Off-Broadway: Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie; Southern Comfort; Stars in Your Eyes; Winter Man; The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show. Regional: UK: Dark of the Moon; Bonnie and Clyde; A Month In The Country. Regional: USA: Man of La Mancha; Big River; Elmer Gantry; Midnight Clear; Always, Patsy Cline; Finian’s Rainbow; Fire On The Mountain; Buddy; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Stand By Your Man; The Love List; Death in England; Honky Tonk Highway; Smoke on the Mountain; The Man Who Came to Dinner; On Golden Pond. With his original show, Woody Sez, he and his company have played 63 cities across Europe, the British Isles, the US, China and the Middle East. For his portrayal of Woody, he was awarded both the Helen Hayes and the Joseph Jefferson awards for Best Actor.

Sherry Lutken (Co-director, Waitress) Off –Broadway and Regional directing and choreography credits include: The Million Dollar Quartet, The Bourgeois Gentleman, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story, Stars in Your Eyes and Anything Goes. Also, as Associate Director of Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie, she set productions at Chicago’s Northlight Theater (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination: Best Musical Revue), Theater J in Washington, D.C. (Helen Hayes Award nomination: Best Musical), and its 2013 UK National tour. Sherry was part of the regional reinvention of Ring of Fire at North Carolina’s Flat Rock Playhouse. She has directed subsequent productions at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Arts Garage, Adirondack Theater Festival, Arrow Rock Lyceum, People’s Light and the Ivoryton Playhouse. Her acting credits include Crimes of the Heart, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Brighton Beach Memoirs (with Robert Sean Leonard), The Bourgeois Gentlemen, Stars In Your Eyes, Pump Boys, Anything Goes and Abigail in the Off-Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

Marcy McGuigan (Mama Lilly) is happy to be making her Riverside Theatre debut. Recent credits:  Miss Hannigan in Annie, Lexie in Dixie Swim Club, and Violet in 9 to 5. New York: Tenderloin, Nightmare Alley, 40 Naked Women, The Divine Sister, The Piper, Meet Me in St. Louis, Shanghai Moon, Swingtime Canteen. National Tour: Dorothy Brock, 42nd Street (Carbonelle Nomination). Regional favorites: Masha, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike- Flat Rock Playhouse; Marie, Lombardi-Human Race Theatre (Daytony Nomination); and Silda, Other Desert Cities- The Fulton Theatre. TV/Film: Humor Me, “Inside Amy Schumer,People in New Jersey, GTA 4, The Centenarian, Ghost Stories.


Tony Perry (Tee Tot) New York: Bastard Jones, Raisin (NYIT Best Musical), Allegro, 74 Georgia Ave., Shelter In Our CarMartin: A New BeginningRepo: The Genetic OperaThe Groove FactoryThe Bonus Army. Regional: MemphisAin’t Nothing But the BluesParadeCross That RiverAin’t MisbehavinFive Guys Named MoeDreamgirlsThe WizBig RiverMe and My GirlSmokey Joes CaféThe Rocky Horror ShowA Grand Night For Singing. Film: Mickey, Finding Oz: A Journey Home. Narrator for “The Captain Punishment Adventure Hour” podcast. He has traveled internationally in a concert of Yiddish and African-American music called Soul to Soul, and has three CDs available at and iTunes. Proud AEA member.

Roger Rettig (Shag) Originally from London, Roger Rettig began studying the guitar in the mid-fifties and turned professional in 1959. He went on to work with many of Britain's outstanding artists - Billy Fury, Eden Kane, Marty Wilde, Joe Brown and many more - touring in rock and roll package shows.  He often appeared alongside the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and went on to work with George Harrison in the '70s.  He found himself in demand as a studio player and, in 1974, added pedal steel guitar to his repertoire. He recorded with various artists, from Tom Jones, Phil Everly and Duane Eddy to movie soundtrack maestro Leonard Bernstein as well as playing on countless TV shows and advertising jingles.  He went on to appear is several West End shows - Pump Boys & Dinettes, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas among them.  He emigrated to the US in 1998 and has toured continually. He is delighted to be returning to the Riverside Theatre where he has frequently been a part of the pit orchestra - The Boyfriend; Mame; Hello, Dolly;  Chicago; Grease; Always, Patsy Cline are some of the shows he has enjoyed performing in Vero Beach, one of his favorite places. He resides in Naples, Florida with his wife Susie.

Sam Sherwood (Hoss) is happy to return to Riverside after appearing in Ring of Fire last season. New York Theatre: Woody Sez (Irish Repertory Theatre); Fancy: A Country Musical (Developmental Lab). Regional: The Road: My Life With John Denver and Stand By Your Man (Ivoryton Playhouse); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Pump Boys & Dinettes and Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Flat Rock Playhouse); Ring of Fire (People’s Light, Arrow Rock Lyceum, Adirondack Theater Festival and others); Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (NC Theatre, Theater By The Sea); Cotton Patch Gospel  (Mountain Playhouse); Titanic (National Tour); The Music Man (National Tour); Pump Boys & Dinettes (Alhambra); Dream A Little Dream (Phoenix Theatre). Sam has also performed at Carnegie Hall, 54 Below, Symphony Space and many other great theaters and concert venues across the US.


Co-director & Music Director: David Lutken
Co-director: Sherry Lutken
Scenic Designer: Peter Barbieri
Costume Designer: Kurt Alger
Lighting Designer: Richard Crowell
Sound Designer: Craig Beyrooti
Casting: Wojcik | Seay Casting
Stage Manager: Julie A. Richardson