'REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW' to End Off-Broadway Run Later this Month
The world premiere musical REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW... will conclude its Off-Broadway run Saturday evening, September 20th at the Minetta Lane Theatre. With book, music & lyrics by Ívar Páll Jónsson, the cast of REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW... is headed by Tony Award winner Cady Huffman and Kate Shindle. Performances for this "sinister, politically spot-on new rock musical with roots in David Bowie and George Orwell" (NY Music Daily) began July 31st with the official opening on August 13th.
Under the direction of Bergur Ingólfsson, the cast of REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW... features Cady Huffman (Tony winner for The Producers, The Will Rogers Follies, The Nance, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Good Wife"), Kate Shindle (Cabaret, Jekyll & Hyde, Legally Blonde, Capote, Lucky Stiff), Michael Biren (Cinderella, Billy Elliot), Patrick Boll (Mamma Mia!, Death of a Salesman, "Gossip Girl"), Zach Cossman (Blue Man Group, Band Geeks), Karli Dinardo ("Silversun"), Rick Faugno (Jersey Boys, The Will Rogers Follies, Wonderful Town), Danielle Kelsey (Young Frankenstein), Graydon Long ("The Carrie Diaries," SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody), Brad Nacht (The Producers, Billy Elliot, The Addams Family), Marrick Smith (Fun Home, Crossing Swords), and Jesse Wildman (Ghost, Chicago). Choreography is by Lee Proud, with music direction by award-winning Icelandic Indie rock musician Stefán Örn Gunnlaugsson.
The heart of REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW... lies in its songs, which were written over the course of several years by Ívar Páll Jónsson - a gifted Icelandic songwriter who pursued fronting a rock band several years ago and released an album, but felt confined in the spotlight. He worked as a journalist but kept writing songs, and ultimately, with the encouragement of his younger brother Gunnlaugur, found his comfort zone behind the curtain. He wrote the entire score and, with his brother, the book for the musical.
The songs, which can be heard on the musical's new concept recording, evoke influences from Bowie, Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, the Pixies, Sufjan Stevens, and more. The album is performed by singers from an array of Icelandic bands, as well as Liam McCormick from The Family Crest.
The playing schedule for REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW... is Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8 PM, and Saturdays at 2 & 8 PM at the Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane (just a few steps from Sixth Ave., one block south of W. 3rd St.)
Photo by Carol Rosegg