PHOTO CALL: Lysistrata Jones Reunites for Joe's Pub Concerts
By Matthew Blank
The Broadway cast of Lysistrata Jones offered two April 9 reunion concerts of the acclaimed Broadway score at Joe's Pub.
The downtown concert shows featured composer-lyricist Lewis Flinn onstage with the band and cast (he sang two roles). Original title star Patti Murin is in California shooting a sitcom; her role was performed by her Broadway understudy Libby Servais.
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 sang 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."
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