The Cell Theatre Off-Broadway is set to stage the world premiere of Bastard Jones, a new musical based on Henry Fielding’s satirical 18th century novel, The History of Tom Jones. The rock musical comedy features book, lyrics, and direction by Allegiance book writer Marc Acito, and music and lyrics by Amy Engelhardt.
The debut engagement will play June 14–July 14 at The Cell, located at 338 W 23rd St, New York.
A musical about young people struggling to stay true to themselves, 100 percent of the production’s profits will benefit Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund, which works to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth. To support the fundraising campaign, visit gofundme.com/celljones.
Casting, the full production team, and an opening date will be announced shortly.
Bastard Jones is billed as “a rollicking adventure of deception, misunderstanding and bed-hopping.” The story follows Tom Jones, a charmer with a heart of gold but who’s looking for love in all the wrong places. “Tom gets banished from the only home he knows simply for expressing his true self, leading him to conscription in the army, a half-naked romp at a country inn and a stint as the boy-toy to an aristocrat whose machinations make Dangerous Liaisons look like child’s play,” read production notes for the new show.
Tickets are available at (800) 838-3006 or thecelltheatre.org.