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About Rip! The Musical

Painting by Linda Nicholls
Twenty years ago, Michael Berkeley and Ray Roderick mounted their Rip Van Winkle musical in Pine Plains, NY at the Tri-State Center for the Arts. Rip! The Musical is a completely rewritten version of the original, with several new songs added, and a fast-paced, streamlined book. 

"The show was originally conceived as a valentine to the Hudson Valley. It remains as heartfelt as the day it was first conceived. In the grand style of classic musicals like The Music Man, Fiddler and Hello, Dolly!, the family-friendly Rip! The Musical promises to be a theatrical experience not to be missed," says Michael Berkeley.


Rip! The Musical, based on Washington Irving’s short story Rip Van Winkle, tells the story of the Hudson Valley farmer who, in 1770, is driven by his nagging wife into the Catskill Mountains where he encounters gnomes who put him to sleep for twenty years. When Rip awakens and returns to town in 1790, he finds he has missed much (including the American Revolution) as he tries to make amends with his family.

Bringing new life to the tale of Rip Van Winkle, Rip! is filled with tuneful heartfelt music, comedy, rousing dance, and a little gnomish skullduggery. Tailor-made for the whole family, Rip! celebrates family, home and what's best about life.

Click the links below to hear studio recordings of Hudson Valley Home 
and Just Like Your Father