Country Musical To Debut In Wheeling

Phot by Heather Ziegler “Letter to Me,” a country jukebox musical, will debut at Wheeling’s Capitol Theatre in September. On hand this morning to unveil the storyline are from left, director Demetrius Navarro; co-writer and producer Ty DeMartino; actress Kaileigh Bullard; and producer Rob Capehart.

WHEELING — The Capitol Theatre in downtown Wheeling will be the site for the debut of a modern “country jukebox musical” unlike any performed in recent times, and will feature Nashville singer/television star Tristen Smith along with 21 songs of country music superstar Brad Paisley.

Details of “Letter to Me” were released during a press conference this morning at the Capitol Theatre by Rob Capehart with Brentwood Avenue Entertainment. The musical will be performed on Sept. 22, 23 and 24 at the Capitol Theatre with added events including a buffet dinner and meet and greet event with the stars, Capehart said.

While Marshall County native Paisley’s songs will be featured, Capehart stressed that the story is fictional and not Paisley’s story.

“It is a production that is unique to country music and the Capitol Theatre. It is a jukebox musical with songs that the public are already familiar with. And whose songs would be most appropriate for this musical is Brad Paisley,” Capehart said.

Smith, a rising Nashville singer who has ties to the Ohio Valley, will play the lead role of Tucker Davis in “Letter to Me,” the family-friendly, fictional story of a young singer/songwriter trying to decide between a career in Nashville and the girl of his dreams. Smith, who appeared on the same bill with Brad Paisley at Jamboree In The Hills, is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville.

Joining Smith on stage will be Kaileigh Bullard. In addition to being featured on the hit TV show “Nashville” as part of Hayden Panettiere’s band, Bullard, also a Belmont graduate, sings with her own band and is a former Miss Nashville.

Adding to the cast is “Weekend at Bernie’s” Hollywood star and Tony nominee Terry Kiser who returns to the theatrical stage where he got his start as a Broadway performer. He will play the role of grandfather. The producers are still in the process casting other key roles for the production.

“We know Wheeling will welcome this high quality of talent to such an historic venue as the Capitol Theatre,” said Ty DeMartino, an award-winning playwright who wrote and is a co-producer of the project, noting that the musical incorporates into its story the music of country superstar and Ohio Valley native Brad Paisley.

“We look forward to showcasing some of country music’s up-and-coming stars,” said the musical’s director Demetrius Navarro, a director/actor from Los Angeles who appeared on the hit NBC-TV Show “ER” for 11 seasons.

Tickets prices begin at $27.50 and go on sale today at the Capitol Theatre box office or online at http://www.capitoltheatrewheeling.com/events. For more information, go online to www.lettertomethemusical.com.