Arts & Entertainment

Musical gives peek at early days of the McCourt brothers

Echoes of Ireland might be billed as a stage show, but it's really a hilarious peek into the childhoods of Frank and Malachy McCourt.

The show blends music and dancing as the actors portray the lives of the McCourt brothers growing up in Ireland.

The show comes to the Tri-Cities on June 5 in the auditorium at Southridge High School in Kennewick. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

The McCourt siblings were internationally known in the literary world long before the stage show came about.

Malachy is the author of A Monk Swimming and Frank's autobiographical book, Angela's Ashes won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996.

Malachy McCourt says on the musical's website that Echoes of Ireland is nothing compared to the works of Samuel Beckett, but more a light-hearted account of the McCourt boys youth.

Ryan Wesley Gilreath and Jonathan Judge-Russo will portray the McCourt brothers. Singer/songwriter Michael O'Grady is the music director.

It's recommended for all ages. Tickets are from $34 to $39.50 and are available online at or call 800-325-SEAT. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.