SEATTLE -- Zany musical theatre parodist Tom Orr unleashes a new and substantially revised edition of his popular camp cabaret hit Dirty Little Showtunes at Re-bar starting Apr. 10.
The last Seattle run of DLST! in the fall of 1997 was a sell-out smash which extended several times, and the original San Francisco production ran in various venues in that city through most of 1997, and finally closed in early March 1998.
Orr's conceit is to celebrate the Broadway musical from a gay male perspective with lyrics adapted to celebrate -- and at times assassinate -- elements of the gay lifestyle. Just about every major Broadway composer and lyricist from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne, Cy Coleman and Jerry Herman are spoofed, in numbers derived from Oklahoma!, Pirates of Penzance, Guys & Dolls, Sweet Charity, Les Miserables, Oliver! and more. Andrew Lloyd Webber is intentionally overlooked, and every night Orr dreams up an audience suggested mystery song culled from a song title, sex act and location.
This production of DLST! directed by Keenan Hollahan, musically directed by D. J. Gommels, with musical staging by Broadway veteran dancer Oliver Woodall, features returning cast members Phillip Booth, Nick Garrison, Tom Orr and Andrew Tasakos, joined by Billy De Herrera from the San Francisco cast and Charles Crowley.
Dirty Little Showtunes!, produced by Tomorrow! Productions, runs Apr. 10-May 10, Fri-Sun evenings at 8 PM at Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. at Boren in downtown Seattle, Doors open at 7 PM. No one under 21 is admitted and ID is required. For tickets ($12 general/$10 students and seniors) call (206) 323-0388. -- By David-Edward Hughes