Backer's Audition Is Centerstage in Bukowsical!, Beginning Aug. 11 at the Fringe

News   Backer's Audition Is Centerstage in Bukowsical!, Beginning Aug. 11 at the Fringe
 
Bukowsical!, a musical penned by Spencer Green and Gary Stockdale, begins performances Aug. 11 at the Bleecker Street Theatre as part of the New York International Fringe Festival.
Matthew Garland in Bukowsical!.
Matthew Garland in Bukowsical!. Photo by Lili Von Schtupp

Directed by Joe Peracchio, the cast features Brad Blaisdell (I Love My Wife, Going Up), Fleur Phillips (Scapin, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice) and Lauren Rubin (The Donkey Show) as well as Nadia Ahern, Jennifer Blake, Marc Cardiff, Matthew Garland, Ian Gould, Michael Lanahan and Cason Murphy. Performance dates are Aug. 11 at 7:30 PM, Aug. 12 at noon, Aug. 14 at 10 PM, Aug. 17 at 3 PM and Aug. 18 at 3:30 PM. Bukowsical! features a book and lyrics by Spencer Green and Gary Stockdale and music by Stockdale. The musical, according to press notes, "takes the form of a backer's audition held by an edgy fictional Los Angeles-based theatre troupe, the Sacred Angel Fist Circle of Note Gang (SAFCNG), trying to raise money for a (misguided) musical about the great besotted writer Charles 'Buk' Bukowski.

"SAFCNG's illustrious Founder/Artistic Director serves as the audience's guide as the show traces the life of famed writer Charles Bukowski from obscurity to international fame, starting with Buk's early torment by students, teachers and his Father in 'Art Is Pain.' He finds his muse on 'The Derelict Trail,' gets a 'Writing Lesson' from William Faulkner, William S. Burroughs, Sylvia Plath and Tennessee Williams and discovers his sexy, crab-infested One True Love in 'Chaser of My Heart.' After a soul-deadening job in a 'Post Office,' Buk's work is discovered and he is soon hanging out with celebrities like Mickey Rourke and Sean Penn in 'Through a Glass, Barfly.' But will he stay true to his literary ideals or sell out? And will he be too drunk to notice?"

The Bleecker Street Theatre is located at 45 Bleecker Street in Manhattan. Tickets, priced $10-$15, are available by calling (212) 279-4488 or (888) FringeNYC or by visiting www.FringeNYC.org.

Matthew Garland, Nadia Ahern, Michael Lanahan, Marc Cardiff, Brad Blaisdell, Fleur Phillips, Ian Gould and Lauren Rubin in <i>Bukowsical!</i>.
Matthew Garland, Nadia Ahern, Michael Lanahan, Marc Cardiff, Brad Blaisdell, Fleur Phillips, Ian Gould and Lauren Rubin in Bukowsical!. Photo by Lili Von Schtupp
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