PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: FUE's Max Crumm, George Salazar and Jason Gotay Pick Their Favorite Rock Songs

By Michael Gioia
April 29, 2013

Max Crumm, George Salazar and Jason Gotay rock out weekly in the Off-Broadway musical comedy F#%king Up Everything. Here, the trio picks their favorite rock songs as part of Playbill.com's Playbill Playlist series.



F#%king Up Everything is billed as a "rock musical comedy with heart. Set in today's Brooklyn indie music scene, it is an old-fashioned boy-meets-girl love story for the 21st century. When these hipsters aren't true to who they are, they screw up everything. Especially love. And no one screws up more than children’s puppeteer Christian Mohammed Schwartzelberg when he meets singer-songwriter Juliana, the girl of his dreams."

The production, which stars Crumm (Grease) as the socially-awkward children's puppeteer Christian Mohammed Schwartzelberm, is offering fans the opportunity to win an original "Puppet of You," created by designer David Valentine. To enter, fill out an entry form on the F#%king Up Everything Facebook page; use the #FUEPuppet hashtag on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, explaining why you want your very own puppet; or enter in-person at the theatre. Click here for the YouTube video with more information on the contest.

George Salazar

Gotay (Bring It On), who stars as bad-boy (but good-at-heart) rocker Jake, and Salazar (Godspell), who plays the drummer of few words, are joined by Lisa Birnbaum, Dawn Cantwell, Katherine Cozumel and Douglas Widick.

The new musical has music and lyrics by David Eric Davis and a book by Sam Forman and Davis. It is directed and choreographed by Jen Wineman with orchestrations and music supervision by Matt Hinkley and music direction by Eli Zoller.

For more on the production, visit FUEOnstage.com.

Max Crumm: "What About Love" (Heart) Because everyone needs love; this song pulls at my heart strings.

Max Crumm: "Come Together" (The Beatles) Who doesn't love/need this song?

Max Crumm: "You Really Got Me" (The Kinks) This song is the sex.

Max Crumm: "Respect" (Aretha Franklin) Because duh... This is one of the best songs of all time.

Max Crumm: "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" (James Brown) Sometimes I dance in my underwear to this song.

George Salazar: "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Queen) I fell in love with the theatricality of this song when I first heard it as a kid when I saw "Wayne's World" for the first time. And Freddie Mercury? Legendary.

George Salazar: "Open Arms" (Journey) Rock ballad! My dad brought me up listening to a lot of Journey and I always loved this one. I love when a rock band shows their softer side. Especially when it sounds this great.

George Salazar: "Come Sail Away" (Styx) It's like two epic songs wrapped into one. And, I'll be honest: I was introduced to this song when Eric Cartman sang a rendition at Chef Aid [on "South Park"]. And, that's when I fell in love with it.

George Salazar: "Another Brick in the Wall" (Pink Floyd) Pink Floyd's "The Wall" is another film I was introduced to as a kid (I was probably too young to have watched that), and this song off that album is definitely one of the more memorable and intense. Iconic.

George Salazar: "Champagne Supernova" (Oasis) If you haven't noticed, I'm a fan of epic rock songs. This one is no exception. Seven-minute song with gorgeous lyrics that is a blast to sing with a large group of friends. That's the best way to experience this song.

Jason Gotay: "Oh, Darlin'" (The Beatles) This one's a pure classic and gets stuck in my head for days at a time. I love that any singer can take a song like this and make it their own. Dana Fuchs ripped it to SHREDS in "Across the Universe," and I've been a little obsessed ever since.

Jason Gotay: "Drops of Jupiter" (Train) This represents classic rock to me. Amazing male vocalist, a great hook, and an anthem that everyone knows and can sing along to.

Jason Gotay: "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" (Billy Joel) I grew up listening to Billy Joel because my mother was always a huge fan. His piano-rock style was a huge influence on the kind of music I listen to, and I love that his songs tell a story.

Jason Gotay: "Acid Queen" (The Who) I'm cheating a little bit because I got to know this song through the musical The Who's Tommy, which is one of my favorite rock musicals. This whole score is just incredible...these guys really know how to write some kick-ass melodies.

Jason Gotay: "Iris" (Goo Goo Dolls) This song brings me back to growing up in the 90's and screaming along to the radio with my friends. Oh, to be a teenager.