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Winner of the New York Fringe Festival
Award for Outstanding Musical
is coming in
What’s the feeling you get
-- Bukowsical the
New Line closes its 22nd season May 30-June 22, 2013, with the regional premiere of one of the most outrageous shows the company has ever produced, the wild, rude, and gleefully adult musical comedy BUKOWSICAL, exploring the intersection between sex, drugs, booze, and art.
With book and lyrics by Spencer Green and Gary Stockdale, and music by Stockdale, Bukowsical is a wacky, high-energy -- and very adult
-- musical comedy, an ironic and insightful 21st-century reboot of the classic American musical comedy. The show follows the hilariously dark life story of the great American poet and autobiographical novelist Charles Bukowski, who drank, drugged, and screwed himself through life -- and then made great art out of it.
Lois Spangler, of NYTheatre.com, wrote about the New York Fringe Festival production, "By adhering so closely to the tropes of the American musical, and treating its sordid subject with such earnest glee, BUKOWSICAL manages to be both a satire and a real musical. Pure mockery is just drivel; it sounds shrill and empty when dropped onstage. The folks who have worked so hard on BUKOWSICAL, however, have a real love for the musical art form, its charms and its foibles, and it shows in some of the truly outrageous -- and outrageously funny -- moments in the show."
The New Line cast includes Zachary Allen Farmer as Charles Bukowski, with an ensemble of New Line All-Stars, Ryan Foizey, Joel Hackbarth, Nicholas Kelly, Kimi Short, Christopher Strawhun, Marcy Wiegert, and Chrissy Young. The show will be directed by Scott Miller, with music direction by Justin Smolik, choreography by Robin Michelle Berger, scenic design by Scott L. Schoonover, costume design by Amy Kelly, and lighting design by Kenneth Zinkl.
BUKOWSICAL traces Bukowski's life from obscurity to international fame, starting with Buk's early torment by students, teachers and his Father in "Art Is Pain." He finds his muse on "The Derelict Trail," gets a writing lesson from William Faulkner, William S. Burroughs, Sylvia Plath and Tennessee Williams, and discovers his sexy, crab-infested One True Love in "Chaser of My Heart." After a soul-deadening job in at the "Post Office," Buk's work is discovered and he is soon hanging out with celebrities like Mickey Rourke and Sean Penn in "Through a Glass, Barfly." But will he stay true to his literary ideals or sell out? And will he be too drunk to notice?
The musical started life as a 50-minute one-act in Los Angeles, was revised and expanded, and then went on to the New York Fringe Festival, where it won the award for Outstanding Musical. New Line's pro0duction will be the first since then.
LA Weekly called it "riotously funny." The Los Angeles Times called it "an uproarious romp." Backstage said, "How rare the kept promise in this city of shattered hopes, but when the program to this little gem promises 'delusion, heartbreak, necrophilia, drunkenness, cirrhosis of the liver, and some catchy tunes,' it is as good as its word and then some. . . The production skims along, each number wrapping appalling bad taste in a perky, upbeat melody that makes dipsomania a lighthearted romp. . . It's terrific fun and so wrong in all the right ways."
This is not a show for the easily offended and it contains adult language and adult content. Please leave the kids at home.
You'll just get embarrassed.
Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. His work focused on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, on the act of writing, on work, on alcohol, and on his terrible relationships with women. He wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories, and six novels, eventually publishing over sixty books. In 1986 Time called Bukowski a "laureate of American lowlife." Adam Kirsch of The New Yorker wrote, "the secret of Bukowski’s appeal is that he combines the confessional poet’s promise of intimacy with the larger-than-life aplomb of a pulp-fiction hero." The Los Angeles Times Book Review once said, "Wordsworth, Whitman, William Carlos Williams, and the Beats in their respective generations moved poetry toward a more natural language. Bukowski moved it a little further."
to explore more? We recommend:
The Bukowsical cast album
The official Charles Bukowski website
All of Charles Bukowski's bookson Amazon.com
Bukowski's great autobiographical novels,Factotum, Ham on Rye, and Post Office, and his poetry collection Love is a Dog From Hell
A really great 1976 Rolling Stone article about Bukowski.
Bukowski's thinly veiled autobiographical filmBarfly on Blu-Ray, and here's the entire film on YouTube, along with The Making of Barfly
The documentary filmPoetry in Motion, featuring live performances by Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, John Cage, Ntozake Shange, Amiri Baraka, and others, all reading their poetry, with commentary by Bukowski.
The documentariesThe Charles Bukowski Tapes and Bukowski - Born Into This
BUKOWSICAL runs May 30-June 22, 2013, Thurs. through Sat. evenings, all at 8:00 p.m., at the Washington University South Campus Theatre (formerly CBC High School), 6501 Clayton Road, just east of Big Bend. May 30 is a preview. Click here for directions.
Tickets are on sale now through Metrotix outlets, including the Fox Theatre box office. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors on Thursdays; and $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors on Fridays and Saturdays. To charge tickets by phone, call Metrotix at 314-534-1111 or visit the Fox Theatre box office or the Metrotix website.
HIGH SCHOOL DISCOUNT: Any high school student with a valid school ID can get a $10 ticket for any performance all season long, with the code word for each show, which will posted only on New Line's Facebook page. This offer is available only at the door.
EDUCATORS DISCOUNT: New Line offers all currently employed educators half price tickets on any Thursday night, with work ID or other proof of employment. Not valid in connection with other discounts or offers, available only at the door, and subject to availability.
MILITARY DISCOUNT: New Line offers all active duty military personnel half price tickets on any Thursday night, with ID or other proof of active duty status. Not valid in connection with other discounts or offers, available only at the door, and subject to availability.
This show contains adult content. All programs subject to change. New Line Theatre receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, and the Missouri Arts Council.