There is life after Urinetown! The 2002 New York International Fringe Festival ends Aug. 25 with a party and awards, but there may be a lasting legacy in Off-Broadway theatres throughout the rest of the season. Three of the festival's biggest hits, Beat starring Danny Pintauro, the boy band satire All American Boy and the musical revue, The Joys of Sex, all have commercial producers interested in transfering the productions.
Final ticket sale figures won't be availale until Monday, but the Fringe's press representative Ron Lasko said number should be close to double last year's. Before the first show opened on Aug. 9, the fest had already raked in $100,000, an advance sales' record for the six-year-old event.
The Joys of Sex seems the most likely canidate for an immediate post-Fringe run, according to Lasko. Not to be confused with the bestselling 1974 book, this musical revue — which does not contain "nudity, four-letter words, or graphic show & tell" — features four characters who sing about threesomes, one-night stands, cybersex and orgasms. Songs — music by David Weinstein, lyrics by Melissa Levis — in the titillating tuner include "Intercourse on the Internet," "In the Parlor Be a Lady, In the Bedroom Be a Whore" and "The Three Way in Three Acts."
Other popular shows included Deviant with "Queer as Folk"'s Randy Harrison and Matt and Ben, which often sold out the 200-seat theatre where the comedy, a post-modern look at the friendship of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, played.
Fringe performers hail from as far away as Russia, Germany, Singapore, Australia and France and include U.S. troupes from twelve different states. The Fringe also features outdoor performances (FringeAlFresco), panels and discussions (FringeU) and shows for kids and families (FringeJr).
For more information about individual Fringe shows and a complete Fringe schedule, visit http://www.fringenyc.org.
— By Christine Ehren
and Robert Simonson