PHOTO CALL: Lysistrata Jones Reunites for Joe's Pub Concerts

News   PHOTO CALL: Lysistrata Jones Reunites for Joe's Pub Concerts
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.

Read about the Broadway history of Lysistrata Jones in the Playbill Vault. 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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