Streakin', a musical comedy revue seen in a regional production, gets a New York City showcase at El Flamingo Club for four consecutive Tuesday performances in April, and tickets are free for those who want a glimpse at a potential future hit.
Created by Jamie Rocco and Albert Evans, who were responsible for the Off-Broadway shows Pageant, Nite Club Confidential and Rock 'n' Roll Christmas, the Off Off-Broadway tryout is 7 PM April 9, 16, 23 and 30 at El Flamingo Club, which also houses The Donkey Show. Streakin' stars Everett Bradley (Swing!), Simone DePalo (Smokey Joe's Cafe), Tari Kelly (Beauty and the Beast, Show Boat), Patty Reeder (Paper Moon), Tom Stuart (The Fantasticks), Danny Vaccaro and Monte Wheeler (The It Girl). They are accompanied by the five-piece "Zodiac Band" under the musical direction of Jason Paul DeBord (Batboy). Musical arrangements are by Patti Wyss and Ed Cionek.
Streakin' includes a real live streaker, and invites the audience to join in both the "party atmosphere of the show" and in the creative developmental process "as this musical revue continues to grow and evolve toward the ultimate goal of a fully-staged, open-ended Off-Broadway engagement."
Steven Yuhasz presents the new musical revue at the El Flamingo Club, 547 West 21st Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues). There is a cash bar available with no cover and no minimum. Admission is free but reservations are required. For reservations call (212) 330-1444 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Directed and choreographed by Jamie Rocco, the musical revue "has fun with the ME generation and features over 40 hit songs and fast-paced skits that include 'Scream That Theme' (think 'Name That Tune'), 'The Grady Group' and 'Scary Night at the Disco' ('Saturday Night Fever' meets 'Carrie' at 'The Towering Inferno')."
The revue offers a collection of musical styles ranging from disco to country-western to soul and R&B including "I Love The Nightlife," "YMCA," "Take Me Home Country Roads," "Walk on the Wild Side," "I Am Woman," "War," "Joy to the World," "Have You Ever Been Mellow," "You Light Up My Life," "The Bitch Is Back," "I Will Survive," "Last Dance" and other chart toppers.
For the uninitiated, "streaking" was a 1970s phenomenon in which the unshy would strip naked and run boldly through some public event, such as the Academy Awards. David Niven drily observed from the Oscar stage, after a streaking incident, that he didn't understand why someone would want to show his shortcomings in public. Ray Stevens wrote a popular song called "The Streak," which reach No. 1. Comedian Martin Mull also penned a song at the time called "Dancing in the Nude," which got some novelty airplay.
Writer-director Jamie Rocco was also responsible for directing and re-conceiving a new stage version of Singin' in the Rain which has been produced around the world. Other directing credits include the Off-Broadway revival of Henry, Sweet Henry, musical staging for the Eartha Kitt production of the Wizard of Oz, the world premiere in London of Doin' What Comes Naturally, and the world premiere of Galaxy Express 999 in Tokyo, as well as numerous regional theatre productions.
Writer-arranger Albert Evans wrote the music for the Off Broadway hits Pageant and Nite Club Confidential. As composer-in-residence at Paper Mill Playhouse, he wrote lyrics for Mikado, Inc. and music for Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities. He also wrote the lyrics for a new performing version of The Merry Widow, which was created for Paper Mill Playhouse but also performed by New York City Opera and broadcast on PBS' "Live from Lincoln Center." His most recent musical is the Dickens-meets-Nashville fantasy, A Country Christmas Carol.
Producer Steven Yukhasz, also an accomplished director, has assisted Tony Award-winning director Susan Stroman re staging the 2001 version of A Christmas Carol starring Tim Curry at Madison Square Garden. His work collaborating with director Gabriel Barre includes Stand By Your Man, The Tammy Wynette Story and Over and Over (the Kander and Ebb musical). He was producing director for Capital Repertory Theatre and assistant general manager supervising production at Paper Mill Playhouse.
In addition to Streakin' he is developing a new musical called Rhonda, Queen of the Amazon and a new play, Eye of the Beholder.
Jim Youmans is the set designer, Anne Lommel designed the costumes and Timothy Hunter is lighting designer. Jennifer Hall is general manager.
— By Kenneth Jones