- HSU Van Ellis Theater
- 2200 Hickory Street, Abilene, TX 79601 United States
Larry Gatlin returns to Hardin-Simmons University with Texas Flyer, an original musical written by and starring the singer-songwriter-actor himself, and directed by Ronald Dean Nolen, HSU theatre’s artistic director. Set in a 1950s dried-up Texas town where the train no longer stops, Texas Flyer features Gatlin as an unsuccessful singer-songwriter and now a bitter widower who has distanced himself from life, particularly his own son who has left their small town and become the singing sensation his father had always hoped to become. But things start to turn around when a stranger arrives in town and becomes the catalyst for hope and change. Gatlin and Nolen have been reshaping and rewriting Texas Flyer for almost a year now in preparation for this co-production with Lyric Stage, a leading regional theatre in the Dallas area known for successful, critically praised productions of both revivals of classic musicals and world premieres of new works.