In 2008, Ars Nova, a small theater and development space on the far west side of Manhattan, staged a pirate/puppet rock musical called Jollyship the Whiz-Bang. The play was given a limited run, but was extended several times, revived in 2010's Under The Radar festival, and shot its co-creator, Nick Jones, into the peculiarly theater notoriety of someone who's been praised in The Times for "demented brilliance." First disclaimer: I was friendly with some Ars Nova people, and have a deep, weird love for puppets, so volunteered to spend a day helping paint puppets for Jollyship. Second disclaimer: I eventually saw Jollyship, I think, five times. Third disclaimer: I [...]
What are YOU doing January 17th? I'll be at Joe's Pub for GRIZZLY ADAMS:A true story of bears, brawn, and brain injuries, a "concert/staged reading/awesome performance of a new musical performed by bears." The show is "about the legendary mountain man and bear tamer Grizzly Adams, tracing his path to stardom from a dirty basement in San Francisco to the streets of the Lower East Side, where he found near-gainful employment with PT Barnum before dying from head injuries sustained in service to his art," which is pretty much all I need to hear. Plus, the score is by Corn Mo. Corn Mo! I am so there.