2009 found Revision Theatre in residence at the historic VFW building in Asbury Park and the Carousel House.
Our summer production at the Carousel house was The Full Monty. Based on the 1997 movie, nominated for four Academy Awards and winning for Best Music, this musical with book by Tony Award winner Terrance McNally and music and lyrics by David Yazbek, about down on their luck unemployed steelworkers ironically played during the height of the recent economic meltdown.
Our Fall/Winter season found us at the VFW Building. As part of our mission of producing new works, our 2009 season included a production of Kingdom, a hip hop musical which had critical success. This was our first main stage production of a new musical and an East Coast premiere for the piece. With music by Ian Williams and book and lyrics by Aaron Jafferis, this groundbreaking work about gang life won a 2008 Richard Rogers Award.
As part or our effort to expose new audiences to theatre, Revision instituted a ticket donation program so students from the surrounding area could see the show at no cost. We also had talkbacks and a symposium for students, teachers, local residents and community leaders to discuss the show and its impact.
The Holiday season lit up with Scrooge in Rouge. With book and lyrics by Ricky Graham and additional material by Jeffery Roberson this English Hall inspired holiday romp had three actors playing twenty three roles.
Not produced on Broadway since the original 1960’s production that launched Barbra Streisand to stardom, ReVision mounted Funny Girl at the Paramount Theatre for our one night only fundraiser. With Steven Brinberg as Fanny Brice, this was truly a revisioned production of a musical theatre favorite. Surprising the audience was guest star Lainie Kazan who introduced the show and sang “The Music That Makes Me Dance”, a song cut from the movie.