After a very successful sold-out run this past summer Off-Broadway, "Lysistrata Jones" has made the leap to Broadway and let me say, it's a slam dunk! On Saturday, December 10, 2011, I once again took in this really fun, energetic, and upbeat show about a college university basketball team who has not won a basketball game in 30 years. In an effort to help the team win a game, "Lysistrata Jones," convinces her girl posse to stop "giving it up" to their basketball boyfriends until they win! The way this plan is executed and the way boys react was hilariously played out by a very talented cast!
Keeping the original Off-Broadway cast in tact was a brilliant idea because the chemistry of this cast is magnetic! While I liked the staging Off-Broadway better, the heart, soul, and message of the show are just as powerful as before, if not more! The show still reminded me to never give up my dreams, no matter how much of an outcast it might make me. As long as I believe in myself, then eventually everything will fall into place.
Once again, Patti Murin lead this wonderful cast in the role of "Lysistrata Jones." Patti's spirit, energy, and talent really shined throughout the whole show, especially during "Where Am I Now," Patti's voice was golden! Joining Patti in the spotlight were Lindsay Nicole-Chambers, LaQuet Sharnell, Katie Boren, Kat Nejat, and Liz Mikel. Each of these performers are stars! Lindsay, who plays book-worm "Robin," brought her phenominal comedic skills along with a beautiful singing voice. Everytime Lindsay was on stage, one thing happened, I laughed out loud, multiple times! When "Myrrhine," played by LaQuet Sharnell, sang, she engulfed, mesmerized, and grabbed your attention! LaQuet's soulfully powerful voice was always a delight to listen to, especially on "Don't Judge a Book!" She knows the meaning of control and when to let it out! When Liz Mikel, who played "Hetaira," took the stage, I was entranced by her booming vocals and comedic timing. Whether was a look or delivery, Liz kept a smile on my face. Katie Boren who played "Lampito," and Kat Nejat who played "Cleonice" rounded out the girls, each bringing their talented voices and good acting skills to the stage.
Leading the guys to victory was hunky Josh Segarra who's voice and acting skills were as smokin' as he was. Josh's vocals were most powerful on "When She Smiles," a beautiful love song about the girl his character, "Mick," really likes. Jason Tam, who plays "Xander," scored big with his impeccable dancing and vocals, especially on "Hold On." Jason's two big shining moments came when his character danced his way into the heart of our heroine "Lysistrata Jones." Rounding out the guys were Alexander Agular ("Uardo"), Ato Blankson-Wood ("Tyllis"), Teddy Toye ("Harold"), and Alex Wyse ("Cinesias"). Alex definitely lit up the stage with his talented rapping/rhyming. Alexander, Ato, and Teddy all added to the comedy, each with various shining moments.
With it's many relevant pop culture references, "Lysistrata Jones," scores big in laughter, song, and most of all talent! Playing at The Walter Kerr Theatre in NYC (219 West 48th Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue), "Lysistrata Jones" adds much game to this feel good show! Click here for tickets!