PHOTO CALL: Jack: A Musical Drama on the Life of John F. Kennedy, With Patrick Cummings and Jessica Grové, Takes a Bow
04 Nov 2013
The York Theatre Company's concert production of Jack: A Musical Drama on the Life of John F. Kennedy played Nov. 1-3.
Directed by Igor Goldin, the cast comprised Frank Anderson, Andrew Boyer, Wilson Bridges, Stephen Lee Anderson, Patrick Cummings, Jessica Grové, Julia Johanos, Anne Kanengeiser, Erick Pinnick, Lauren Sterling, Debra Walton and William Zeffiro.
Jack: A Musical Drama on the Life of John F. Kennedy, which is based on an original concept by Tom Sawyer, features book and lyrics by Will Holt and Sawyer, music by Holt and music direction by Matt Castle.
The musical, press notes state, "begins with JFK’s days at Harvard through his assassination in Dallas, Jack dramatizes the life and career of JFK, while focusing on a central conflict– Jack’s fight to become his own man despite a difficult relationship with his power-obsessed father, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. Jack examines the triumphs as well as the shadows of the Kennedy legacy leading to the tragic event which continues to resonate with all of us 5o years later."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.