I recently saw the Transport Group's latest show, "Lysistrata Jones" at The Gym at Judson in NYC. If you are looking for a fun show with some extraordinary talent, then I would recommend "Lysistrata Jones." Adapted from Aristophanes' comedy, Lysistrata, with a book by Tony Nominee, Douglas Carter Beane and music/lyrics by Lewis Flinn, "Lysistrata Jones" takes you courtside with Lyssie and her girl-power posse who, in an effort to help The Athens University basketball team win a game for the first time in 30 years, decide to stop "giving-it-up" to their basketball boyfriends until they win a game. Does Lyssie's strategy work or just cause a lot of foul balls? "Lysistrata Jones" takes student activism to a whole new level and celebrates the journey of discovering and embracing who you truly are.
Each cast member brings their own power and greatness to this show. Patti Murin brings her spirit, spunk, and big vocals to the role of "Lysistrata Jones," especially on "Where Am I Now." Fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant LaQuet Sharnell who plays "Mhyrinne," brings her comedic and sultry talents along with her unforgettable powerhouse vocals, particularly on "Don't Judge A Book," whereas fellow participant Josh Segarra, "Mick," brings his humor, sexiness, and seductive vocals throughout, but most notably his voice shines on "When She Smiles," while fellow participant Jason Tam, "Xander," shows us what he's got with his superb dancing and vocals on "Hold On." Lindsay Nicole Chambers, "Robin," demonstrates her comedic genius, wit, and smartness along with her beautiful vocals. Katie Boren, "Lampito," can sing and when she does all eyes are upon her! I wish she had a full featured solo instead of a few solo's in the midst of a song. She would have lit the place on fire even more! Linking everything together with her humor and stupendously strong, controlled, and powerful vocals is Liz Mikel, "Hetaira." When Liz starts to sing, the audience not only takes notice, but is mesmerized! Liz sparkles on every song she sings, especially "Writing on The Wall."
My favorite moment comes in the final number, "Give It Up!" which is a fantastically awesome song about being yourself, remembering to do what you love with your life, and speak up for what you believe in! This high energy song is a terrific way to end such a fun show and has the potential to become a real hit and many people's personal anthem! I know it's already become mine!
So, if you are looking for a fun show with extraordinary talent, I suggest you treat yourself to the Transport Group's production of "Lysistrata Jones" which plays at The Gym at Judson (243 Thompson Street @ Washington Square South) through June 24! Click here for tickets!