Lysistrata Jones, the Gum-in-Cheek Pop Musical That Borrows From Ancient Greece, Opens on Broadway

By Kenneth Jones
14 Dec 2011

Read's feature about the source material — the 411 B.C. play. 

Josh Segarra
photo by Joan Marcus

Librettist Beane is the Tony Award-nominated dramatist of Sister Act, Xanadu and The Little Dog Laughed. Composer-lyricist Flinn contributed to The Divine Sister. Director-choreographer Knechtges' choreography credits include Xanadu (for which he was Tony-nominated), 110 in the Shade, Sondheim on Sondheim and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Beane told Playbill magazine that the idea for the show started out as a joke. "It was during the height of all the 'American Pie' films," he said. "I was working on another project at the time, and someone said, 'What's next?' I said, not being serious, 'I'm doing a musical of Lysistrata.' Sarcasm is wonderful for success."

"I think basketball and dancing go hand in hand," Knechtges told Playbill. "When we were doing our workshop on the show, it was shocking how easily you could take traditional dance forms and make them into basketball formations."

Murin originated the role of Lysistrata Jones at the Dallas Theatre Center (where the show was called Give It Up!) and reprised it Off-Broadway with the Transport Group earlier this year, when the show was staged in a Greenwich Village gymnasium. She appeared in Xanadu on Broadway (Euterpe/Kira u/s), as Emma at the Old Globe Theatre and as The Little Mermaid at the Muny in St. Louis.

The creative team includes set designer Allen Moyer (Tony nominee for Grey Gardens); costume designers David C. Woolard (Tony nominee for The Rocky Horror Show and The Who's Tommy) and Thomas Charles LeGalley; lighting designer Michael Gottlieb; sound designer Tony Meola (Drama Desk winner for The Lion King; Wicked; The Wild Party; Les Miserables); hair designer Mark Adam Rampmeyer; music director Brad Simmons; music coordinator Dean Sharenow; and associate choreographer Jessica Hartman.

Lysistrata Jones is produced by Paula Herold, Alan Wasser, Joseph Smith, Michael McCabe, John Breglio, Takonkiet Viravan/Scenario Thailand, Hilary A. Williams, Broadway Across America, James G. Robinson in association with Tony Meola, Martin McCallum and Marianne Mills.

Tickets for Lysistrata Jones range from $25 to $130, and can also be purchased on or by calling (800) 432-7250.

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