San Francisco audiences will be exposed to Free Food & Frontal Nudity, a new two-man musical comedy written and performed by Jed Feuer and Boyd Graham, beginning previews Aug. 26 at the Cable Car Theatre.
Two eager but aging writers use Free Food & Frontal Nudity as an enticement to lure potential backers to a presentation of what they describe as, "the most expensive Broadway show ever written," held in a borrowed Park Avenue apartment. The epic musical the two authors propose covers civilization from the first stirring of mankind to the present day, which they envision being performed by "40 singers, 40 dancers and 40 singers who move well."
Feuer and Graham portray all the characters and perform 25 musical numbers, beginning with "Title Song," sung by the original inhabitants of the Garden of Eden, and concluding with the 20th century, from Eisenhower to Dr. Seuss to the Dionne Quints to the Artist Formerly Known as Prince, summed up in five minutes of song. Historical figures scheduled to make brief appearances include Attila the Hun, Pocahontas, Napoleon and Queen Isabella.
The music is composed and arranged by Feuer, whose credits include numerous original scores for television. His score for the 1986 film Memorial Day won the Best New Film Composer and Orchestrator Award from the NY Alliance of Film and Television Composers and Arrangers. Lyricist and director Graham's theatrical credits include Life is Not a Doris Day Movie, The Last Chance Review, Hot Damn and An Act of Desperation. The team previously worked together on Eating Raoul, a musical based on the film of the same name. Troy Garza, dance captain of A Chorus Line on Broadway 1977-90, provides musical staging.
Free Food & Frontal Nudity opens Sept. 9 and has scheduled an open-ended run at the Cable Car Theatre (430 Mason St.). Performances are Tues.-Fri. at 8PM, Sat. at 6 & 9PM and Sun. at 2 & 7PM. For tickets ($22-$35), call (415) 956-8497. --By Laura MacDonald