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Coney Island USA Vaudevisuals Interview Video

Vaudevisuals interview with Dick Zigun – “Bloody Brains in the Juke Box”

Last week I took my camera and visited Coney Island USA to speak with Dick Zigun about his upcoming rock musical “Bloody Brains in a Juke Box“.

BLOODY BRAINS IN A JUKEBOX!

A ROCK OPERA by CIUSA Founder and Artistic Director Dick D. Zigun (libretto) and Nikos Brisco (music), directed by Circus Amok’s Jennifer Miller

To be presented at Coney Island USA’s Sideshow by the Seashore

In this sung-through and psychedelic sci-fi satire, characters resembling Sidney Poitier, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Coogan and Jayne Mansfield tussle with a talking, flying, brain-eating Wurlitzer Model 1100 juke box – with results as mind-blowing and out there as anything you’ve ever seen at the sideshow. Bloody Brains in a Jukebox is Coney Island USA’s most ambition stage production ever, wherein Dick Zigun’s libretto and Nikos Brisco’s music interface with the patented madness of Circus Amok and the talents of several alum of the Bread and Puppet Theater, including Ethyl Eichelberger award winning director Jennifer Miller.

While best known for such programs as the Mermaid Parade and the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, Coney Island USA has also been the longtime home of Funhouse Philosophers, a resident theater company devoted to presenting the plays of artistic director Dick Zigun, a Yale School of Drama and New Dramatists trained playwright whose previous works have included Dead End Dummy, Killing Republicans, The Ride Inspector’s Nightmare, and last season’s show The Education of Al Capone as Told by Jimmy Durante. In recent years, Funhouse Philosophers has been experimenting with the rock opera format in an effort to make abstract ideas like cosmology accessible via music and parody. Bloody Brains in a Jukebox is the culmination of that long-term exploration.

Funhouse Philosophers is the experimental theater company in residence at Coney Island, USA.

Help Funhouse Philosophers raise funds for our next production!

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“Jack and the Beanstalk” – A Holiday Treat for the family!

Back by popular demand! Following its 2017 New York Times Critic’s Pick world premiere, which introduced many New York audiences to the widely popular British art form known as the PantoJack & the Beanstalk returns this holiday season with even more radical joy. Jack needs the whole town’s support to help them chop down the beanstalk. In the process, Jack and their neighbors free themselves from their oppressor, the plundering Giant Rump. Written by disabled actor/writer Mat Fraser, directed by feminist artist Julie Atlas Muz and featuring an intergenerational, inclusive cast, Jack & the Beanstalk brings the Lower East Side together with a family-friendly holiday production that is inherently irreverent, lightly political, and has the message that eventually good triumphs over evil. 

Dec 14th – 30th @Abrons Arts Center

$20 for December 14 performance
$25 for December 15-16 performances
$35 for December 20-23 performances
$45 for December 27-30 performances
Recommended for ages 5+

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TICKETS ARE GOING QUICKLYGO HERE FOR YOURS!

 

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Comedy Music Performing Arts Photography United Theater Company No. 61

‘The Resistible Rise of JR Brinkley’ – United Theater Company No. 61

Written and directed by Edward Einhorn

The true story of a 1920’s con man (JR Brinkley) who made a fortune selling his impotence cure: surgically implanted goat testicles. He then became a radio star and a successful politician. A Brechtian parable about American Greatness, told with country music.John Blaylock was narrator, Blind Cowboy and Clyde Reed. Great performance!Minnie Brinkley (Jenny Lee Mitchell) and  JR Brinkley (Trav SD) broadcasting from his radio station

Julia Hoffman (Fishbein, Laura & others) back to back with Jenny Lee Mitchell.

 JR Brinkley (Trav SD) giving one of his heated political speeches.

Julia Hoffmann performing one of the other characters so played so well.

Jimmy (Craig Anderson) telling his story about the successful operation by JR.Brinkley.

JR Brinkley (Trav SD) and Fishbein (Julia Hoffman) go head to head about medical malpractice.

Jimmy (Craig Anderson) preaching on the radio show of Minnie(Jenny Lee Mitchell) and JR Brinkley.(Trav SD.)

Arrangements: Tom Berger
Music Direction: Richard Philbin
Costume Designer: Ramona Ponce
Lighting Designer : Jeff Nash
Scenic Artist: Eric Shanower
Stage Manager: Berit Johnson
Assistant Director: Becca Silbert
Graphic Design (image above): Clinton Corbett

“A fresh, energetic, biting satire that deconstructs the power of the con man and the charming story teller” Show Biz

For additional information on United Theater Company No. 61.

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Comedy Dance Marx Brothers Music Performing Arts Photography Video Women Writer

“I’ll Say She Is” – The Lost Marx Brothers Musical at The Connelly Theater

First of all…there is this wonderful NY Times review!

“Mr. Diamond himself plays Groucho, and he might as well be Groucho. Matt Roper’s Chico and Seth Shelden’s Harpo are also meticulous, and Matt Walters completes the quartet with the less well-known Zeppo, the male romantic lead in the story but certainly not the center of attention.”

Next..you better get tickets NOW before it is TOOO late!

I was delighted at be able to photograph the show early in the run. I did the NY Fringe Festival two years ago and again this year with the ‘full production’.

Here are some moments for this funny, charming, hilarious, musical, Marx Brothers show!

2016.06.01.MarxBros_026The chorus line is wonderful!

2016.06.01.MarxBros_074Matt Roper (Chico), Seth Shelden (Harpo) and Noah Diamond (Groucho) are great!

2016.06.01.MarxBros_248Singing and dancing and fooling around. What else would you want from an evening of theater?

2016.06.01.MarxBros_252Noah Diamond (Groucho) in a moment of distress.

2016.06.01.MarxBros_204 Melody Jane (Beauty) sits and watches in amazement at Seth Shelden (Harpo) and Matt Roper (Chico) dance a bit!

2016.06.01.MarxBros_327Melody Jane (Beauty) sits with Kathy Biehl (Ruby) in the drawing room ‘love chair’.

2016.06.01.MarxBros_404Melody Jane (Beauty) with Matt Walters (Zeppo) singing one of the original songs from the show.

So many other great shots of the show BUT I suggest you see it for yourself!

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Musical Direction and Arrangements: Sabrina Chap
Choreography: Shea Sullivan
Directed by: Amanda Sisk

“it reminds us how brightly the Marx Brothers’ brand of lunacy once blazed.”

NY Times

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ONLY UNTIL JULY 2nd, 2016

Tickets and more information here!

 

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Music Performing Arts Variety Arts VAudephone

Bathtub Jen and The Henchman – A Vaudephone Presentation

Bringing back the Vaudephone series one more time! Here is Bathtub Jen and the Henchman.

Vaudephone is a co-production of Vaudevisuals.com and the American Vaudeville Theatre/Travalanche

Recorded at Brooklyn Lyceum on January 29th, 2014

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