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Weekend Showcase: Maple Grove man debuts "Sasquatched!" musical in NYC

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Published on May 17, 2013

New York City is about to have a bigfoot sighting.

The hairy creature will grace the stage as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival in July. Phil Darg from Maple Grove hopes to get him there.

Last winter, Darg wrote "Sasquatched!The Musical" in defense of the creature that's regaining popularity on cable TV shows.

"The image that they're creating is that bigfoot is terrible monster," said Darg. "But in the play, he's actually a very rational, dignified, gentle creature... who talks by the way. And who also sings."

"I remember crying and laughing at the same, saying 'This is amazing! I love this!'" said Phil's wife, Jules. "I knew that it was something special. I didn't know where it would go, but I knew it was amazing."

On a whim, Darg sent the script in to the New York Musical Theatre Festival and was chosen to present it off-Broadway in July. That left him little time to learn how to produce an off-broadway show and raise money to fund it.

"We're going to have 12 actors," said Darg. "We have a director, we have a couple persons working backstage and lights and all these people have to be paid."

He and his wife are asking for monetary help in funding the production. While it would be nice to see Bigfoot on Broadway, they said their ultimate goal is to bring him back home to Minnesota.

"Sometime, five, years from now, we're driving down the road and I see a sign in the window that they're doing "Sasquatched! The Musical" at the local high school or local community theater," said Darg. "For me that would be a real achievement."

Renee Banot

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12 News is on Comcast cable channel 12 in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis and includes the cities Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth and Robbinsdale.

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