"Lonesome Traveler" had plenty of company Saturday at the Laguna Playhouse gala opening.
The Rubicon Theatre Co.'s ode to American folk music had the sold-out audience spontaneously singing along and the enthusiasm didn't end when the curtain came down.
"This was so fun," said Kathy Conway, as first-nighters mingled with the cast and toasted them with champagne.
Conway said she knew every word of the songs performed by the nine-member cast in their roles inspired by folk music immortals such as Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Lead Belly and others.
"I knew a lot of the music, but especially the spirituals," said Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson, whose family still lives in North Carolina.
Singalongs were encouraged by Justin Flagg in the role of the narrator, the "Lonesome Traveler," aka Pete Seeger. Well-known songs included "This Land is Your Land, "Blowin' in the Wind," "Goodnight, Irene," "Puff, the Magic Dragon" and "Mr. Tambourine Man."