Overtime! Lysistrata Jones Company Reunites for Two Concerts at Joe's Pub April 9
By Kenneth Jones
The Broadway cast of Lysistrata Jones is "giving it up" April 9 in a concert version of the acclaimed Broadway score at Joe's Pub. Two performances are scheduled, at 7 PM and 9:30 PM.
The downtown concert shows feature composer-lyricist Lewis Flinn onstage with the band and cast (he'll sing two roles). Original title star Patti Murin is in California shooting a sitcom; her role will be performed by her Broadway understudy Libby Servais.
Tickets are $15 advance/$18 at the door and can be purchased at www.joespub.com.
The pop musical inspired by the 411 B.C. comedy Lysistrata, by Aristophanes, has a book by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed, Sister Act, As Bees in Honey Drown). Following a developmental run in Texas, the college-set Lysistrata Jones made its New York City premiere in spring 2011 at a downtown gymnasium in a production by the Transport Group before moving to Broadway. Dan Knechtges directed and choreographed.
The Broadway company of Lysistrata Jones — which played Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre Nov. 12, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012, earning a rave from the New York Times — included Patti Murin (Lysistrata Jones), Liz Mikel (Hetaira), Josh Segarra (Mick), Jason Tam (Xander), and Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Robin) with Alexander Aguilar ('Uardo), Ato Blankson-Wood (Tyllus), Katie Boren (Lampito), Kat Nejat (Cleonice), LaQuet Sharnell (Myrrhine), Teddy Toye (Harold) and Alex Wyse (Cinesius). Toye and Aguilar are working on the road; songwriter Flinn will sing their roles in the concerts.
In the show, according to production notes, "The Athens University basketball team hasn't won a game in 30 years. But when spunky transfer student Lysistrata Jones dares the squad's fed-up girlfriends to stop 'giving it up' to their boyfriends until they win a game, their legendary losing streak could be coming to an end. In this boisterous new musical comedy, Lyssie J. and her girl-power posse give Aristophanes' classic comedy a sexy, modern twist and take student activism to a whole new level."
For more information, visit www.LysistrataJones.com.
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