ROBIN’S SHOW RECOMMENDATION: LYSISTRATA JONES
Broadway’s new musical comedy, Lysistrata Jones began preview performances November 12th at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Written by Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn and directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Dan Knechtges, Lysistrata Jones officially opens on December 14th.
This show is pure fun and a turn-on in more ways than one! Think a smart, sassy, sexy High School Musical….an adrenaline rush for all ages….teens and up. The young, attractive cast is hugely talented and versatile. The book and lyrics are full of wit and a feel good takeaway message. The music is high energy, with a beautiful closing balad in the first act dribbled confidently out of the basketball court by Patti Murin.
The Athens University basketball team hasn’t won a game in 30 years. But when spunky transfer student Lysistrata Jones (Patti Murrin) dares the squad’s fed-up girlfriends to stop ‘giving it up’ to their boyfriends until they win a game, their legendary losing streak could be coming to an end. Lyssie J. and her girl-power posse give Aristophanes’ classic a modern twist and take student activism to a whole new level. Proving that abstinence can do a heart good, the testosterone driven basketball team learns the “hard” way (or not) to appreciate the comely cheerleaders who struggle to impart a lesson in love and life.
Lysistrata Jones stars Patti Murin (Lysistrata Jones), Liz Mikel (Hetaira), Josh Segarra (Mick), Jason Tam (Xander), and Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Robin) with Alexander Aguilar (‘Uardo), Ato Blankson-Wood (Tyllus), Katie Boren (Lampito), Kat Nejat (Cleonice), LaQuet Sharnell (Myrrhine), Teddy Toye (Harold) and Alex Wyse (Cinesius), with understudies LaVon Fisher-Wilson, Libby Servias, Charlie Sutton, Barrett Wilbert Weed, and Jared Zirilli.
Josh Segarra as the hunky lead basketball player and Jason Tam as Lyssie J.’s somewhat geeky, surprising, ultimate love interest, turn in heartfelt, nuanced and charismatic performances. Lindsay Nicole Chambers is a hoot, and Liz Mikel as Heitaira is a commanding presence and voice with keen comedic acting chops.
Set design for Lysistrata Jones is by Allen Moyer (Tony nominee for Grey Gardens; The Little Dog Laughed; Twelve Angry Men; The Man Who Had All the Luck); costume design is by David C. Woolard (Tony nominee for The Rocky Horror Show and The Who’s Tommy) and Thomas Charles LeGalley (The 39 Steps at Hartford Stage); lighting design is by Michael Gottlieb (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged); The Last Session); sound design is by Tony Meola (Drama Desk winner for The Lion King; Wicked; The Wild Party; Les Miserables); and hair design is by Mark Adam Rampmeyer (West Side Story, The Farnsworth Invention). The music director is Brad Simmons with music coordinator Dean Sharenow and the associate choreographer is Jessica Hartman.
Lysistrata Jones is produced by Paula Herold, Alan Wasser, Joseph Smith, Michael McCabe, John Breglio, Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand, Hilary A. Williams, Broadway Across America and James G. Robinson in association with Tony Meola, Martin McCallum and Marianne Mills.
$79 Orchestra Seats (regularly $127)
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