These musicals are not actually bad but REALLY GOOD. However, they are all naughty, satirical, and politically incorrect. They're filled with bad language/puns and other sorts of things that would be otherwise frowned upon.
Approximately twelve short musicals are arranged in various theme evenings (ex: Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?). The bad house band, Bronze Fondue, and East Village comedians provide entertainment between the shows.
At the Fairies & Phantasies Benefit
(7/25), legendary actress Marilyn Sokol
and Warhol superstar Ultra Violet
will be presented with honorary golden pineapples. Benefit attendees are encouraged to come in costume as a wacked-out version of their favorite children's character, and to bring a toy or book to donate to needy children. There will be costume prizes and raffles. Co-chairing this event are playwright Jean Hart and Kimberly Kopera. In keeping with the bad children's theatre theme that night, there will be lunchbox specials: assorted finger sandwiches (including P&J!), cupcakes, cake, cookies, penny candy, punch, booze, and more. Admission to the Fairies and Phantasies Benefit
will be $25.00 though the price drops to $20.00 for those who come in costume.
There will be a Carmen Miranda Closing Benefit
(8/10), featuring the presentation of the Golden Pineapple, Silver Tomato, and Bronze Banana (award winners selected by audience vote) for the playwrights & directors and the presentation of the Jack Lemons for the best bad actor & actress. Costumes are encouraged and there will be prizes. Come dressed as your favorite fruit! There will be a special award for the Best Carmen. $25 per person ($20 if you come in costume) benefits the company's work with under-served children & families, seniors & elderly. There will be entertainment, food, booze, and lots of fruit!
The lineup for the Bad Musicals Festival '08 will be as follows:
IS THAT A GUN IN YOUR POCKET?
– Mon. 7/21, Sat. 7/26, Thurs. 7/31, Tues. 8/5
Charlie Chang & the Mysterious Salami
, Book & Lyrics by Anne Berlin, Music by Andy Cohen, directed by Tony Spinosa
Henry & Hyde
, Book by James M. Eisenman and Thomas Adams, Lyrics by James M. Eisenman, Music by Thomas Adams, directed by Maryna Harrison
FOREIGN & FAMILIAR BODIES
– Tues. 7/22, Sun. 7/27,Fri. 8/1, Wed. 8/6
Falling in Love Again
by J. Boyer, directed by Anita Brown
Too Much Love
, Lyrics by Douglas M. Parker, Music by Denver Casado, directed by Tom Amici
OBGYNia, a Sci-Fi Musical Romp!
by Justine Lambert and Kenneth Nowell, directed by Tom Amici
POLITICS & POOPSY
– Wed. 7/23, Mon. 7/28, Sat. 8/2, Thurs. 8/7
The Virgin Dictator: A Love Story starring Kim Jong Il
by Itai Grunfeld, directed by Brady Amoon
Daffodils in Deutschland
by Dray Rigg, directed by Kenny Wade Marshall
CRIMINALLY INSANE PUPPETS
– Thurs. 7/24, Tues. 7/29, Sun. 8/3, Fri. 8/8
by Mark LaPierre, directed by Diane Englert
, Book by Bebe McGarry, Lyrics by Debra M. Gussin, Music by Michael Paul Girard, directed by Sara B. Ware
IT AIN'T KANSAS ANYMORE!
– Fri 7/25 (benefit), Wed. 7/30, Mon. 8/4, Sat. 8/9
, Book & Lyrics by Raymond Bokhour, Music by Ilan Maazel, directed by Leslie Nemet
Grimm Late Night
, Book & Lyrics by Mark LaPierre, Music by Jodi Eichelberger, directed by Nikki Rothenberg
The Great Plastic Surgeon of Oz
by Zurbon Gish, directed by Robyne Parrish
Tickets are available through TheaterMania
, though they can also be reserved by calling NY Artists Unlimited directly at (212) 242-6036.
For further information, see our website, www.nyartists.org.