The highly anticipated new musical Lysistrata Jones just began previews on Broadway. The show was a hit off-Broadway and has Douglas Carter-Beane helming the book. It has name power and is apparently an up-beat show.
Early reviews I’ve read have given the show positive reviews. Many people have compared it to High School Musical and Glee. Personally, that sounds like a trainwreck to me, but Broadway tends to think differently.
It is reportedly very showy, fresh, pop music-y and raunchy (though not as raunchy as The Book of Mormon). With that kind of musical quickly becoming the face of Broadway, does that make Lysistrata Jones a frontrunner for the top musical prize at the 2012 Tony’s?
Are there any reviews for the Broadway edition? I know it was popular off-Broadway but I didn’t get to see it.. Am curious to read if the transfer has been successful or not.
From what I’ve read, Lysistrata Jones is not selling well and will have limited critical/touring appeal, which is a huge problem for Tony voters. I’m thinking the show to beat at the moment is Newsies, which will have a long and profitable life in regional productions. As a third of Tony voters are regional producers, that gives the Disney show a huge leg up.
The show opened to lukewarm reviews: http://www.didhelikeit.com/shows/lysistrata-jones.html