Looks like the show Steve and I saw in a Church Gym last Friday is heading for the Big Time- Broadway!
We both saw “Spring Awakening” when it was being done off-Broadway in a converted Church then again on Broadway. I saw “Grey Gardens” off-Broadway and again once it transferred to The Great White Way. Steve saw “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” at the Public before Broadway. It’s so cool to see these great off-Broadway shows transfer.
“Lysistrata Jones” is really, really good. I hope it makes it on Broadway.
From the NY Post:
That “new translation” is, of course, his new musical, “Lysistrata Jones,” a modern twist on Aristophanes’ comedy about Greek wives who force their husbands to negotiate peace during the Peloponnesian war by withholding sex.
It was a big hit in 411 B.C., packing them in for years at the Theater Dionysus, a Nederlanderious house, and winning the Tonyiod that year for Best Play.
Beane’s version, running at the Judson Memorial Church until Friday, is a hit as well. The Post’s Elisabeth Vincentelli called it “a terrific splash of summer fun,” while the Times’ Ben Brantley said it was “effervescent and tasty.”
(Sounds like Ben was hitting the retsina again.)
And now comes word that the show will move to Broadway in the fall.
Alan Wasser, a general manager who oversees such long-running hits as “The Phantom of the Opera,” has quietly been hunting around for theaters. He’s got his eye, I’m told, on the Broadhurst or the Walter Kerr.
The budget is said to be between $6 million and $7 million.
Set in Athens, Ga., Beane’s “Lysistrata Jones” is about a group of high school cheerleaders who refuse to sleep with the members of the basketball team until they start winning games. The musical has no stars, which could be a drawback on Broadway. However, the bright young cast is winning, and Liz Mikel, as a saucy goddess, is likely to find herself in a good seat at next year’s Tonys.
So, I hope, will Beane.