‘You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' at 50

Were you a part of the beloved stage show? Give the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa a jingle.

MANY, MANY PEOPLE, as in millions, as in devoted millions, as in millions of people who are 100% obsessed with Snoopy and Woodstock and the entire Peanuts gang, have watched the beloved holiday television specials over the decades (again and again and again). But another phenomenon brought the characters created by Charles M. Schulz off the comic pages and gave them voices, lines, and laughs: "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." The stage show has been a staple of community theaters and school performance halls alike, and thousands of actors have participated over the last half century, gamely playing the roles of Linus and Lucy and the boy in the title. And to honor the 50th anniversary of the musical? The Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa is presenting a multi-month exhibit devoted to its history, its popularity, and the people who brought it to laugh-rich life. Was this you? Did you play Schroeder in a 1972 production or Sally in a show staged in 1998? Then give the museum a jingle as...

THEY'D LOVE TO DISPLAY SNAPSHOTS... from a host of "Good Man" shows. Photographs will be an important part of the exhibit, which'll run from Feb. 23 to July 16, 2017, but also keep an eye out for "original letters, sheet music, and playbills," too. Clark Gesner was the artist behind the music and lyrics of those songs known to all Peanuts devotees, and, of course, Mr. Schulz filled the musical with merriment, deep thoughts, and a slew of seriously funny yet introspective lines. Even if you didn't play a part along the way, stopping by the Santa Rosa museum to check out the history of this icon of the stage on its big 50th should hold a place on your 2017 must-visit list.

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