Diamonds and Gold and the Meyer Theatre present Let Me Be Frank Productions’ all-new comedy musical “Sputnik Manitowoc.” Let Me Be Frank Productions returns to the Meyer Theatre Friday, September 18, at 7:30pm with a benefit show for the Capitol Civic Centre Act Two project. For the opening night performance of “Sputnik Manitowoc,” $10 of every sold ticket goes to this valuable organization in N. E. WI. Other 7:30pm shows are as follows:  Saturday, September 19, Thursday, September 24, Friday, September 25, Saturday, September 26, Thursday, October 1, Friday, October 2, Saturday, October 3, Thursday, October 8, Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10.  Two matinee performances will take place at 1pm on Thursday, October 8, and Saturday, October 10.

For tickets to our Meyer Theatre performances, please go to to reserve your tickets, or purchase at the door of the Meyer Theatre. Doors will open 90 minutes prior to a performance solely for ticketing purposes.

Two out-of-town performances will take place at the Capitol Civic Centre in Manitowoc on Thursday, October 15 and Saturday, October 17 at 7:30pm. Head to for more information. Tickets will be on sale beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

To ensure the safety of our patrons and cast, the Meyer Theatre is implementing updated health and social distancing standards. For complete details, visit the Keeping You Safe procedures from The Meyer Theatre.

That being said, here’s the story of “Sputnik Manitowoc”…

In 1962, 13 pounds of Sputnik fell on 8th Street in Manitowoc. That fact is true, but we’re here to share a made-up story about espionage and intrigue. As a JFK doppelgänger, the Mayor of Manitowoc, DFK, and his Marilyn Monroeish secretary try to convince Russian proteges Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale that Manitowoc should keep the space gem. It is Boris and Natasha’s hope that they can come to a peaceful negotiation for the return of Sputnik 4 without any funny business — good luck with that, especially with officers Toody and Muldoon in charge of the exchange. The music of the early 1960s was out of this world, and the Cold War was too.

Cast:  Frank Hermans (DFK John Kenndy, Mayor of Manitowoc), Pat Hibbard (Boris Badenov), Amy Riemer (Natasha Fatale), Lisa Borley (Marilyn Monroeish), Tom Verbrick (Car 54 Toody policeman), Paul Evansen (Car 54 Muldoon policeman), Dennis Panneck (guitars), Tony Pilz (keyboards), Andrew Klaus (drums)

Song List:
If I Were a Rich Man — Fiddler on the Roof
North to Alaska — Johnny Horton
Bring it on Home to Me — Morgan James (Sam Cooke)
Stand By Me — Skylar Grey cover (Ben E. King)
Tell Him — The Exciters
Town Without Pity — Mandy Barnett (Gene Pitney)
Gone — Joey Heatherton (Ferlin Husky)
You Send Me – Aretha Franklin (Sam Cooke)
The Wanderer – Dion
Hey! Baby – Bruce Channel
Chances Are – Johnny Mathis
Slow Twistin’ – Chubby Checker & Dee Dee Sharp
Sputnik Dance -The Equadors
Sheila -Tommy Roe
Love Letters in the Sand – Pat Boone
Young Blood – The Coasters
Keep A Knockin’ -Little Richard
Beep Beep – Louie Prima


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