Americana and Warhol mixed in 'Soup'

"He was a genius and was a great artist. Taking all of his different characteristics and making them work within one role was an exciting part of playing the role," said McGuire.

Hansen weaves the story of Warhol's live with those of the Marcellos in alternating scenes. The two stories come together by the end of the show.

A live band on stage helps establish the mood of each era.

The music alone is worth the visit to NYSTI. The lineup includes pop classics such as "Johnny B. Goode," "What a Wonderful World," "I Got You (I Feel Good)," "Born to be Wild," "Big Yellow Taxi," "American Woman," "White Rabbit" and "Blue Suede Shoes."

Hansen also includes an original song, "Peculiar," which she co-wrote with her husband and music director, Will Severin. Severin also wrote two additional original songs: "I Don't Wanna Give Up" and "Move On."

"This whole experience has been so exciting for us. I am in love with the entire cast who truly show their enthusiasm and love for the show," said Hansen.

McGuire agreed that part of the show's magic is the harmonious the cast and production crews work together.

"The cast is so supportive. It was a privilege and truly gratifying experience," said McGuire.

Director Bill Fortune has worked in television and radio in the Capital District for his entire career. Hansen said Fortune worked "tirelessly" to help make the show the success it has been. Hansen said she felt apprehensive about overstepping her boundaries since she wrote the script, but that Fortune's support made the production what she had envisioned.

"Bill's perfect collaboration and superb artistry helped this process work as well as I had hoped," said Hansen,

Other members of the cast include NYSTI regulars David Bunce, Joel Aroeste, John Russo, several interns and local residents. who all worked together on the production.

The show is recommended for ages 11 and up.

The show will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17 at the Russell Sage Schacht Fine Arts Center at 37 First St. in Troy.

The show costs $20 for adults, $16 for senior citizens and students, and $10 for children under 12. Call 274-3286 or visit the Web site at www.nysti.org for information.""

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