'Double Trouble' at Mary Jane Teall Theater

March 30, 2002
The Wichita Eagle

Anyone old enough to recall the era of Donald O'Connor dancing up walls, Bob Hope cracking wise and Jimmy Durante singing something with a "hot-cha-cha" has no doubt lamented that they just don't make such energetic, innocent and unabashedly corny entertainment anymore.

Such old fogies and former late-show addicts will be heartened to hear that Jim and Bob Walton still do things that old-fashioned way. The brothers' "Double Trouble," staged at Century II's Mary Jane Teall Theater by the local Stage One Productions, is an amusing and uplifting slice of '40s-style musical comedy.

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Part farce, part musical, and full-time fun equals Double Trouble

September 3rd, 2013
ChicagoCritic.com

The creative folks at Porchlight Theatre found a brother team of talents to mount the musical farce penned and first performed by Bob & Jim Walton, Double Trouble. Adrian and Alexander Aguilar play Jimmy and Bobby. The Aguilar’s have the talent, the singing, the dancing, and the comedic ability to engage the audience as they play more than ten characters in an old-fashion musical farce.

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‘Double Trouble’ twice as fun

Chicago Sun-times
By HEDY WEISS - Theater Critic - September 5, 2013

I ask you: What are the odds that two real-life brothers possessed of charm, talent and superb dancing skills happen to be available at precisely the right moment to costar in “Double Trouble,” a goofy, breakneck, two-man musical about a pair of songwriting brothers who, in 1941, leave Broadway and try to break into Hollywood films?

And there is this: What are the odds that such a show will not only make use of all their theatrical skills, but reveal their enviably shapely legs, too?

Well, the Aguilar brothers — Adrian and Alexander — clearly beat the odds on many counts.

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'Double Trouble': Octuple Mayhem

By Katy Walsh - September 4, 2013
ChicagoNow

Porchlight Music Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of DOUBLE TROUBLE.

The Waltons meet the Aguilars in this zany musical about brotherly love. Brothers Bob Walton and Jim Walton wrote the book, lyrics, and music for this lampoon about two brothers breaking into 1941 Hollywoodland. The fictional brothers are a lyricist and a composer. They are played by real life brothers Adrian Aguilar and Alexander Aguilar. The casting choice adds a layer of intimacy as the audience sees what the holidays might look like at the Aguilars. Two mega-talented siblings harmonizing beautifully yet competing for the bigger laugh.

The story is madcap absurdity. The plot is like a predictable MGM 1940’s flick. So, the Waltons’ script cleverly builds on the ridiculous. It’s not just about brothers playing brothers written by brothers, the Aguilars play multiple characters. They become the entire movie studio crew: the sound guy, an intern, the boss, the secretary, the agent, the leading man, and the sexy starlet. They actually both get a spin at being the starlet and seducing the other one. Although hilarious, it’s a little unsettling.

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Chicago Theater Review: DOUBLE TROUBLE

by Lawrence Bommer - September 3, 2013
StageAndCinema.com

LOONY TUNES IN EVERY WAY

You could call this two-act, two-actor, two-hour romp Irma Vep meets Singing in the Rain. A charming trifle that’s also a stunning tour-de-deuce, Porchlight Music Theatre’s local premiere features two ostentatiously talented and handsome brothers, Adrian and Alexander Aguilar. They star in a madcap revue created by two very showbiz brothers, Bob and Jim Walton.

Peppy, perky and unashamedly cornball, Double Trouble employs over a dozen pizzazz-packed musical numbers to chronicle the familiar saga of two happy hopefuls, Jimmy and Bobby Martin. It’s 1941, America just went to war and, fresh from their first Broadway hit “Harlem Nights,” these eager beavers journey to Tinsel Town to write the score for MMG Studio’s new musical film “Broadway Melody.” But they must still prove their mettle to an irascible mogul who expects them to write a showstopping hit song within three days or it’s no show (or film).

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'Double Trouble' at Oregon Cabaret

The song and dance show is tailor made for hoofers Galen Schloming and John Keating

February 05, 2014

Two actors, 10 characters, 36 quick-changes and 12 song-and-dance numbers add up to tons of fun when Oregon Cabaret Theatre kicks off its 29th season with "Double Trouble: A Musical Tour de Farce."

With book, music and lyrics created by brothers Jim and Bob Walton — who also appeared in the original cast at the Norma Terris Theatre in Connecticut — this show is about song-and-dance team Jimmy and Bobby Martin, who come to Hollywood in the early '40s with hopes of breaking into the business of writing songs for movies. When they receive an opportunity to write a song for a major motion picture, they only have a few hours to do it.

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Oregon Cabaret Theatre shows 'Double Trouble'

By Edith Decker
of the Daily Courier

Stepping not very far from their real lives, songwriting team and musical comedy actor brothers Bob and Jim Walton wrote a two-man show. ... about a songwriting team of musical comedy actor brothers.

In the show, it’s the 1940s and the Martin brothers have been called from Broadway to Hollywood to rescue a movie.

In real life, it’s 2001 and the Walton brothers have had a hit for an AIDS organization on Broadway and decide to work on a new musical together to be produced at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut.

“Double Trouble: A Musical Tour de Farce” locates the fine line between simple comedy and total schmaltz and tap dances ” then stomps ” on it on the way to a night of screwball fun with a dose of blue humor.

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Oregon Cabaret’s ‘Double Trouble’ is aptly subtitled ‘A Musical Tour-de-Farce’

Audiences are doing double takes at the fast-paced, laugh-a-minute musical

By LEE JUILLERAT
heraldandnews.com Regional Editor - February 20, 2014

It takes two to tango, but it also takes two to tangle in “Double Trouble,” aptly subtitled “A Musical Tour-de-Farce,” at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland.

Audiences are doing double takes at the fast-paced, laugh-a-minute musical. Set in 1941, songwriting brothers Jimmy and Bobby Martin are newly arrived in Hollywood from Broadway when they’re told to create a hit song by the afternoon or find a new job.

Over the next two hours the twosome experience double trouble multiplied as they contend and sometimes work with an odd assortment of nine other characters. What gives “Double Trouble” extra punch is the two actors, Galen Schloming and John Keating, romping on and off stage, taking on the roles of 11 very different people.

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OCT proves that 1 + 1 equals far more than 2

February 09, 2014
By Bill Varble
for the Mail Tribune

It's 1941, and songwriting brothers Jimmy and Bobby have landed in Hollywood on a do-or-die mission: Write a hit song for dictatorial studio head Merwin M. Garner's latest movie. Oh, and do it by this afternoon, or else.

If it sounds vaguely familiar, it should. Writers Bob and Jim Walton have crammed their small musical tour-de-farce "Double Trouble" with an actor's trunk-full of tropes from Hollywood's Golden Age.

In the production of "Double Trouble" that opened Friday night at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, the familiarity of the material acts as a sort of shorthand that frees up the audience to sit back and take in the comic song and dance of John Keating and Galen Schloming, who play the brothers, and on trying to keep track of the amusing mechanics of a two-man show with 11 characters.

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Double Trouble Audio

Audio clips of the authors’ live performance of DOUBLE TROUBLE.

Just the Two of Us
First Class Love
You Can Do Anything
Swifty's Song
You Can Do Anything (reprise)
Cold Sesame Noodles
A Very Good First Impression
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