GRINDR The Opera Staged Reading to Be Hosted by Village People's Randy Jones

News   GRINDR The Opera Staged Reading to Be Hosted by Village People's Randy Jones Following a sold-out sneak peek on the West End, the world premiere of Erik Johannes von Ramsom's GRINDR The Opera will receive a staged reading on April 7 and 9 in New York; featuring direction by Rachel Klein (Around the World in 80 Days) and music direction by Charles Czarnecki (Jersey Boys). The reading will be hosted by Randy Jones, the original Cowboy from the disco group Village People.

The show is billed as an unauthorized musical parody of the popular phone app. According to press notes, the libretto production aims to celebrate the "eponymous gay hook-up app that has sweepingly altered the course of modern gay intimacy." The ensemble cast consists of William Michals (Phantom, Beauty and the Beast)​, DJ Bucciarelli (Jesus Christ Superstar)​, Olle Roberg (Bröderna Lejonhjärta) and Erik Ransom (My Big Gay Italian Funeral)​with Courter Simmons (Jersey Boys)​in the role of GRINDR itself.

Through bawdy humor, GRINDR The Opera will follow the stories of four gay men, each searching for a different kind of human connection via the app. According to producers, their stories also explore "many issues of great depth that have become common themes as the human heart struggles to catch up with the age of the smart phone."

To reserve complimentary seats to the reading, please contact libertineidol@gmail.com.

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