The Borough Boys Inc. world premiere of its inaugural show, the concert play Rockstar, begins previews at the Trilogy Theatre March 1. Rockstar opens March 6 and runs through March 24.
Largely autobiographical, Rockstar is based on the experiences of singer-songwriter Joe Shane and identical twins Robert and Steven Morris, veterans of the local music scene in New York City. Rockstar developed after these three musicians befriended and began collaborating with Elaine's restaurant maitre d', Michael Racenelli—who is also a playwright.
As reported earlier, composer and co-writer Joe Shane takes center stage in this production. He is joined by Robert Morris, Steven Morris and Trilogy Theatre owner/director and actor Norman Siopis, who does triple duty as producer, director and actor. The cast also includes actors Tony B., Shannon Conley and Kelly Moore.
In Rockstar, which deals with what Shane describes as the "gray area between our dreams and the reality of money," the lead character stands out from a close knit group of musicians and tries to make the best of what he believes to be a unique opportunity. "I thought I was 'on my way' when I got a production deal," Shane explained in production notes, "but like many, my work never saw the light of day."
Rockstar features 13 original songs and is presented with video images. The music features smooth transitions between such styles as rock, swing and folk. Tickets are $15. The Trilogy Theatre is located at 341 W. 44 St. For tickets call the box office at (212) 489-1632 or charge by phone at (212) 264-8449, or visit www.ticketweb.com.
—By Murdoch McBride