Douglas Carter Beane
Music & Lyrics by
Directed & Choreographed by
May 15 - June 24, 2011
Do your Duty, no more Booty!
243 Thompson Street at Washington Square South
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.
Join Lyssie and her girl-power posse courtside for the New York City premiere of this boisterous new pop musical comedy. Adapted from Aristophanes' comedy, Lysistrata, Tony-nominated bookwriter Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed) and composer-lyricist Lewis Flinn (The Divine Sister) have given the classic Greek tale a riotous new twist. Directed & choreographed by Tony-nominated Dan Knechtges (Xanadu) and staged in an actual gymnasium, Lysistrata Jones takes student activism to a whole new level and celebrates the journey of discovering and embracing who you truly are.
Lindsay Nicole Chambers
Robin / Shelley
Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Music & Lyrics by Lewis Flinn
Director/Choreographer Dan Knechtges
Musical Director Brad Simmons
Associate Choreographer Jessica Hartman
Scenic Design by Allen Moyer
Lighting Design by Michael Gottlieb
Sound Design by Tony Meola
Co-Costume Designers David Woolard
Co-Costume Designers Thomas Charles LeGalley
DOUGLAS CARTER BEANE
Plays: The Little Dog Laughed (TONY and Olivier Nominations for Best Play, GLAAD Media Award), Mr & Mrs Fitch, As Bees in Honey Drown (Outer Critics Circle Gassner Award), Music From a Sparkling Planet, The Country Club, Advice From a Caterpillar, The Cartells and the upcoming Mister and Missus Fitch. Musicals: Xanadu (Outer Critics, HX, Drama Desk award for Best Book, TONY nom Bet Book), Sister Act(additional book material),The Big Time and the upcoming Lysistrata Jones and The Bandwagon. Revues: Mondo Drama and White Lies. Screenplays: Advice From a Caterpillar (Aspen Comedy Festival Best Feature); To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. As Artistic Director of the Drama Dept., he produced more than 40 productions including revivals of As Thousands Cheer, June Moon and The Torchbearers and world premieres by Paul Rudnick, David Sedaris and Wendy Wasserstein. He resides in NYC with his partner, Lewis Flinn, and their children Cooper and Gabrielle.
Musical projects include Lysistrata Jones (with Douglas Carter Beane), On Girl, with book and lyrics by Steven Sater; Like Love, with book/lyrics by Barry Kaplan (NYMF 2007); The Winner, with Joe Sutton (the Lyric Stage, Dallas 2007); and Down There, with book/lyrics by Brian Crawley. He has also comiposed scores and songs for over 50 productions including Douglas Carter Beane's Broadway play The Little Dog Laughed and Charles Busch's The Divine Sister, Die Mommie Die and The Third Story. Other theaters include Second Stage Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, MCC, South Coast Rep, Playwright's Horizons, Drama Dept., Lincoln Center Theatre, The Vineyard Theater, Geffen Playhouse (LA), Hartford Stage, Cleveland Play House, Old Glode, Primary Stages, adobe theatre co, and The Acting Company. In addition, he has been a guest artist at Cornell, Dartmouth, and Princeton University.In the world of TV and film, he recently wrote the themes and music for "The Power of 10" with Drew Carey for CBS/Sony and "Million Dollar Password" with Regis Philbin, also for CBS. His numerous commercial scores include campaigns for Microsoft, Life Cereal, SAAB, and the AFL-CIO. A longtime collaborator with fashion designer Zang Toi, he has composed and performed runway music for over 14 collections. He was lead singer and songwriter for the 90's jazz/rock band Acoustic Blue.
Broadway/Off-Broadway: Xanadu (Tony nomination), Sondheim on Sondheim & 110 in the Shade (Roundabout), Spelling Bee (Lortel nomination), Vanaties (Second Stage). International: Der Schuh Das Manitu (Berlin, Germany). Regional: Give It Up! (Dallas); The Boys From Syracuse (Centerstage); Oklahoma!, The Wiz, Cats, My Fair Lady, Sound of Music (Hangar Theatre); Mame, Angel Street, A Funny Thing... (Surflight Theatre); Don Giovanni (Indianapolis Opera); Carousel, West Side Story (Opera Illinois). TV/film: "It's a Wonderful Night" (Fatboy Slim), Palindromes & Dark Horse (Todd Solondz). BFA, musical theatre, Otterbein College. www.danknechtges.com
NEW YORK TIMES
"...effervescent, tasty and surprisingly filling new musical..." "This goofy tale of sex and basketball on a “less than competitive” college campus exudes the kind of youth-fueled energy that revs up the metabolism of everyone in the bleachers." "...the entire audience (of 99) is close enough to the action to feel the burn of high-octane performances." "“Lysistrata Jones” stirs up a salty mix of classical mythology and the sort of feel-good runaway plot you associate with beach books and escapist summer film comedies. " "...Mr. Beane’s book ... combines cultural references as fresh as the International Monetary Fund and as ancient as the Acropolis." "Mr. Knechtges’s inspired choreography incorporates disco funk, b-boying, Dallas Cowgirls-style booty shaking and stylized Greek choric gestures, a hilarious specialty of Jason Tam as a left-wing blogger who falls for Lysistrata." "“Lysistrata Jones” is having too much fun to be merely cool."
"...Douglas Carter Beane takes pinpoint aim, the jokes ricocheting across the commandeered basketball court at Judson Memorial Church..." "[Dan Knechtges'] work, as director-choreographer, is deft, canny and clever." "Patti Murin makes a frisky, blonde Lysistrata; it's no wonder that she conquers the kids at Athens U, and the audience." "Liz Mikel serves as narrator, courtesan and rafter-shaking Earth Mother; she plays for broad comedy and wins." "Josh Segarra is sweetly likable as conflicted basketball star Mick..." "Lindsay Nicole Chambers gives poetry slams that are hysterically awful while Jason Tam ... provokes roars as he demonstrates dance steps from his iPhone."
NEW YORK POST
"...terrific splash of summer fun..." ...Lewis Flinn has written an infectious bubblegum-pop score." "Another key piece of the puzzle is choreographer/director Dan Knechtges" "The wonderful cast handles the show's one-liners and the aerobic numbers with frisky flair." ...the ensemble is ... ferociously talented..."
"It's not only heartstrings that the show plucks, it also inspires gales of laughter, from its utter and gleeful silliness. " "Finn's eclectic score, which contains volcanic R&B and funk numbers, smooth pop ballads, and even some rap and contemporary Latin, is...well-crafted" "...LeQuet Sharnell, who brings sparkle to Mhyrinne" "Alexander Aguilar and Kat Nejat bring the characters to life with infinite care." "As director, Dan Knechtges keeps the action flowing briskly within the confines of Allen Moyer's appropriate homespun scenic design that looks like a million bucks under Michael Gottlieb's eye-popping lighting design." "...as choreographer, [Dan Knechtges'] work is simply astounding. Not only does he bring elements of street dance and old-time Broadway razzle-dazzle to the numbers, he also manages to find ways in which basketball moves can be translated into high energy dance."
" There's an obscene amount of fun being had in a church gymnasium on Washington Square South in Lysistrata Jones, a sassy new quasi-teen musical by composer-lyricist Lewis Flinn and book writer Douglas Carter Beane. " "Beane and Flinn keep it loose and make it look effortless." "Flinn's songs are catchy, dipping into a broad spectrum that covers pop, disco, hip-hop, rap, sports cheers and reggae." "Knechtges' high-energy staging seems to be running on raging hormones and off-the-charts adrenaline. His choreography of the basketball games is especially vigorous" "The show scores on its own terms."
"Good luck grabbing tickets this summer to the gleeful new musical “Lysistrata Jones,” a great big hit" "...viewers are likely to find themselves rooting for the kids as they tussle towards a happy ending."
Lysistrata Jones, a naughty, bubbly, modern goof on Aristophanes’ naughty, bubbly, ancient goof about women denying their men sex in order to stop their constant warring.
exceedingly well-executed show." "cunningly, sometimes thrillingly choreographed b-ball-themed dance numbers"
"A musical adaptation of 'Lysistrata' reminds us why we love the theater" "Shows like Lysistrata Jones are the reason I’m a theater critic. Buoyant, bubbly and bursting with performers destined for more highlights in future seasons, the musical adaptation ofLysistrata, set amid a college basketball team, deserves every critical hosanna and Twitter hashtag through its way." Douglas Carter Beane’s furiously funny and perky book and Lewis Flinn’s catchy songs take Aristophanes’ comedy and modernize it, complete with iPhone and Dominique Strauss-Kahn jokes. " "Cast your eyes upon any cast member and any time, and he or she will be doing something fresh and inventive." "Girl power (and pop songs) hasn’t looked this good or been so infectious in a very long time."
"Beane and Flinn inject it with such imagination and innovation that the show goes beyond the initial gimmick to address issues of conviction, intimacy, and cultural stereotyping." "Transport Group delivers a fascinating site-specific production, with the action taking place on an actual basketball court at the gym of the Judson Memorial Church, which set designer Allen Moyer cleverly transforms into a variety of locales. Director-choreographer Dan Knechtges creates original staging and steps to convey the conflicts." "Beane turns the cultural expectations inside out, creating complex people within a comic context. "
THE FASTER TIMES
Lysistrata Jones, Set in the World of College Basketball, Has Patti Murin, Liz Mikel, Jason Tam
Theater Mania 4/20/2011
Alexander Aguilar, Patti Maurin, Alex Wyse, et al. Set for Transport Group's Lysistrata Jones
"Douglas Carter Beane-Penned Musical Lysistrata Jones to Bow at Off-Broadway's Transport Group"
New York Times 12/6/2010
"New Musical 'Lysistrata Jones' is Headed to the Gym"
"Douglas Carter Beane's Lysistrata Jones, a New Musical, Will Play on Basketball Court NYC"
Broadway World 12/6/2010
LYSISTRATA JONES Gets Off-Broadway Run in May 2011!