Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Sunday night I caught a new musical, "Minsky's" at the Ahmanson Theater. Though it's new it seems like an old musical -- in a good way.
Set in the Depression (the other Depression), "Minsky's" is about a burlesque theater struggling to survive in the final days of burlesque while under attack from a Councilman determined to "clean-up" New York City.
Many of the folks involved in this show were also part of "The Drowsy Chaperone," including Bob Martin ("The Drowsy Chaperone's" Man in the Chair) who wrote the hilarious book and Beth Leavel who won a Tony for playing the title role in "The Drowsy Chaperone."
Add in Saturday Night Live's Rachel Dratch (in a role somewhere in between Debbie Downer and the kid with a baby hand growing out of her skull) and George Wendt in a dress -- and how can it not be fun?
If they can raise the money to mount this on Broadway I think it will be a big hit.