Best known for The Neal Medlyn Experience Live! – a personal re-creation of Beyonce's 2007 tour – performance artist Medlyn has enlisted a mix of downtown artists for his latest piece, a Prince-inspired endeavor that runs through July 20.
One of Medlyn's collaborators is Tony nominee and Obie Award winner Kenny Mellman (Kiki and Herb), who has co-written songs for the evening. Also contributing material for Unpronounceable Symbol are Bridget Everett (At Least It's Pink) and "Sex and the City" scribe Michael Patrick King. Choreography has been created by Adrienne Truscott (of the Wau Wau Sisters) and Carmine Covelli.
Mellman, Covelli and Truscott join Medlyn on stage in a company that also features Farris Craddock, Layla Childs and Murray Hill.
"Set to many of Prince's biggest hits and infamous b-sides, all performed onstage by a live band, Neal plays out an evening of seduction and intense internal spiritual conflict between two characters: an engaged cab driver and a messianic libertine. Jealousy, band troubles, violence, death, a dream ballet, decent into hell and the eventual transubstantiation of body fluids and redemption all find their place in an operatic and overblown evening of androgynous musical entertainment," according to press notes.
In addition to Prince and Beyonce, Medlyn has also paid tribute to Phil Collins (Neal Medlyn's Coming in the Air Tonight), Lionel Richie (Neal Medlyn's Lionel Richie Opera) and R. Kelly (Kenny Mellman + Neal Medlyn = R. Kelly). Neal Medlyn's Unpronounceable Symbol plays Wednesday-Sunday at 8 PM, with late shows Saturdays at 11 PM. Tickets, priced $20, are available by phoning (212) 352-3101 or by visiting ps122.org.
PS 122 is located in Manhattan at 150 1st Avenue at East 9th Street.