A Cinderella-success story that every theater-goer loves is that of a small, scrappy, ingenious musical that opens Off-Broadway to such ecstatic reviews that (in jig-time) it is moving uptown to that rarefied neighborhood formed where Broadway crosses Seventh Ave at 42nd Street (you’re going out there a hoofer, kid, but you’re coming back a star!)
Such a musical is Lysistrata Jones, which opened at Judson Memorial Church (in the gym, no less) and is now headed to where theater-legends are made (ecstatic reviews may be read here). A “new Musical Comedy about Faith, Hoops, and Chastity,” the show details how the fed-up “girl power-posse” at Athens University (led by Lyssie J.) vow to stop “giving any” to their boyfriends on the basket-ball team until they start winning some games; if you follow the link above, you can listen to some of the songs and watch a video about the show, which opens Dec. 14 at the Walter Kerr Theater.
Lysistrata Jones is an ingenious concept, being an up-date on Aristophanes’ Classic (in every sense of the word) comedy Lysistrata. Written approximately 400 BCE, the work is startling in its sense of sexual politics and political satire. (Tired of the on-going Peloponnesian War, the women of Athens, led by Lysistrata, resolve to withhold sex until the men end the war.) The modern reworking Lysistrata Jones proves that Pagan Comedy can still play after 2400 years.