Friday, June 26, 2009

"Cheeseburger & Fries" Growing

The bad news first: Jeffrey Scott Holland's original play Cheeseburger & Fries: The Musical, scheduled to make its world premiere at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in September 2009, has been postponed until 2010.

Why? Well, that's the good news: the show was originally conceived as a very simple and primitive show with minimal sets and only a few actors, but it just keeps growing and growing and has morphed into something quite different. The complexity of the show has reached the point where a September opening just wasn't feasible. It now calls for:

  • a small ensemble orchestra fluent in classical, jazz and country

  • onstage video monitors and projectors

  • lookalike actors to portray William S. Burroughs, Charles Bukowski and Robert Mitchum

    Furthermore, it will likely feature the largest cast ever beheld in a stage production in Louisville. It will also most likely require a much larger venue than the Kentucky Center's Mex Theatre.

    The word "pretentious" is grossly misused in our culture today, but the Catclaw Theatre Company nevertheless bravely and warmly embraces all it means, and all it can mean. And as Tony Kushner says:

    "People fundamentally lacking a sense of humor when confronted with pretentiousness miss the irony and the fun." - Tony Kushner

    We are still fully in pre-production for the show as much as ever, and welcome any inquiries. Casting is still ongoing.