1970's Off-Broadway Romp Let My People Come, With Modern Twist, Opens Feb. 14
By Adam Hetrick
Re-imagined for contemporary audiences since its 1970's run, the Off-Broadway revue Let My People Come, a mix of bawdy sexual comedy and social commentary, opens Feb. 14 at the Underground on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
Producer John Forslund, who also presents the weekly cabaret Bound for Broadway and the N.E.W. Musicals series, worked with original Let My People Come writer Earl Wilson, Jr. to reshape the sexually-charged romp for new audiences. It began previews Feb. 8. Forslund also directs.
Let My People Come enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway run in the 1970's (1,327 performances at the Village Gate), but a 1976 Broadway transfer proved ill-fated. Prior to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark's 182-show preview period, Let My People Come held the record for the longest amount of Broadway previews, at 128 performances. The production never officially opened.
Songs in the original include "I'm Gay," "Give It To Me," "Dirty Words," "Come In My Mouth" and "I Believe My Body." A cast album preserves the original production.
"This is not 1974," Forslund told Playbill previously. "The first time Let My People Come premiered it was very risqué. It was part of the gay movement, the Village scene and had an after-hours vibe. I'm taking more of a social point of view for it. There will be a focus on gay marriage, equality and socially-relevant topics."
While the Off-Broadway revival retains some of the more fleshly qualities of the original 1974 downtown production, Forslund and Wilson Jr. are keeping the nudity in check. "It's a communal experience, much like Hair," Forslund explained.
"I think it's the right time because of the topics we will be focusing on with this revival. We're really putting focus on equality, and gay issues, and who doesn't like a romping good time with a bit of nuidty and topics you would otherwise not discuss?" Forslund said.
The cast for the 2013 revival includes James Hansen, Diego Rios, Daniel Stevens, Molly McGivern, Haley Selmon, Amina Camille, Brian Craft, John Ryan Del Bosque, Gavin Rohrer, Mariel Blatt, Christie DaBreau and Susanna Merrick. Mark T Evans is musical director.
Theatregoers have the opportunity to purchase special tickets that encourage or discourage the cast from interacting with them. Let My People Come, A Sexual Party Musical Revue tickets begin at $49.99. Phone (866) 811-4111. The Underground is located at 955 West End Ave., at 107th Street and Broadway.
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