Monthly Archives: June 2013

“Herocycle” by FTF Works

“Herocycle” by FTF Works

Four actors, moving platforms, a live band and aerial work combine to unfold the story of motorcycle daredevil, Evel Knievel at the Old Arizona Theater.  “Herocycle” is a new work conceived by Erik Hoover and Kym Longhi. They first debuted it at the Fringe Festival five years ago as an hour long piece and have… Continue Reading

My interview with the co-authors of “Herocycle” for MN Monthtly

My interview with the co-authors of “Herocycle” for MN Monthtly

I met with the co-creators of Herocycle (an aerial musical on the adventures of Evel Knievel), Kym Longhi and Erik Hoover, at Bull Run over beautifully crafted coffee. As it turned out, we spent close to two hours talking about their show and local theater. This is a condensed version of our conversation. http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media/Blogs/Twin-Cities-Culture/June-2013/Backstage-Banter-with-Kym-Longhi-and-Erik-Hoover/ *I’m seeing the show on… Continue Reading

“The Fantasticks” by Skylark Opera

“The Fantasticks” by Skylark Opera

“The Fantasticks” is the world’s longest running musical and yet I had not seen it until Skylark Opera chose to produce it for their summer series.  Instead of a grand ensemble and billowing pit, the show has a quaint cast of eight with an additional piano and harp player that accompany them.  The show is… Continue Reading

Urinetown at the Jungle Theater

Urinetown at the Jungle Theater

“It’s a hard, cold, tumble of a journey.  Worthy of a gurney, a bumble down.  A slapped face, smacked with a mace.  Certain to debase is our stumble down.  It’s a path that leads you only one place…to Urinetown!”  A bit dark and somewhat frightening but this is the “Cop Song” and my favorite tune… Continue Reading

Sunset Boulevard at MMT

Sunset Boulevard at MMT

Los Angeles is home to celebrities and wannabe celebrities who travel from all over the world in hopes of becoming a star.  “Sunset Boulevard”, a hit movie in 1950, turned into a musical, revolves around a faded film star, Norma Desmond, of the silent screen era (remember the movie the “Artist?”, yes similar to that… Continue Reading