Rock Opera Junk, Featuring Anastacia McCleskey and Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Returns to Joe's Pub April 7
By Michael Gioia
Junk: A Rock Opera, a new work by Swedish pop band Brainpool that was seen in a sold-out Joe's Pub concert in January, returns to the Manhattan venue April 7 with new songs and orchestrations.
The work, directed by Shakina Nayfack with musical direction by Jeremy Lyons, was also seen at the Malmö Symphonic Orchestra in Sweden as well as in an extended Los Angeles workshop.
Set to begin at 9:30 PM, the cast includes Katrina Rose Dideriksen (Pregnancy Pact, Bloodsong of Love), Anastacia McCleskey (Hair, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Tarzan) Ashkon Davaran, Dan Domenech (Rock of Ages), Freddie Kimmel (Superfly), Paul Louis Lessard, Lauren Marcus, Natalie Wachen, Sarah Cetrulo, Katie Lee Hill, Will Roland and Justin Figueroa.
Junk is, according to director Nayfack, "part social satire, part love story, and part existential allegory. The show takes place in a near-future urban wasteland run by Junk Incorporated. Anna, a Junk employee, dreams of starting a revolution with her all-girl rock band, the MetroJets."
The band features Mike Rosengarten (guitar), Christopher Bastian (bass), Jeff Roberts (drums) and Kelly Thomas (keys).
Brainpool, whose members include Christoffer Lundquist, David Birde and Jens Jansson, originally released Junk – A Rock Opera as a double-disc concept album on Playground Records in 2004. The show premiered in concert with the Malmö Symphonic Orchestra in Sweden in 2005, and is currently being developed for theatrical production with director Nayfack, who has also worked with the band to expand the libretto and score since its 2007 Los Angeles workshop.
Shakina Nayfack and Megan Savage are co-producing.
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