Brooks Atkinson Theatre, (10/26/2006 - 11/19/2006)

First Preview: Sep 25, 2006
Opening Date: Oct 26, 2006
Closing Date: Nov 19, 2006
Total Previews: 35
Total Performances: 28

Category: Musical, Dance, Original, Broadway
Setting: Sometime between awake and asleep.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; James L. Nederlander: President)

Produced by James L. Nederlander, Hal Luftig/Warren Trepp, Debra Black, East of Doheny, Rick Steiner/Mayerson Bell Staton Group, Terry Allen Kramer, Patrick Catullo and Jon B. Platt/Roland Sturm; Associate Producer: Jesse Huot, Ginger Montel and Rhoda Mayerson

World Premiere at Old Globe Theatre (Jack O'Brien, Artistic Director; Louis G. Spisto, Executive Director)

Music by Bob Dylan; Lyrics by Bob Dylan; Music orchestrated by Michael Dansicker and Bob Dylan; Music arranged by Michael Dansicker; Music adapted by Michael Dansicker; Musical Director: Henry Aronson

Directed by Twyla Tharp; Choreographed by Twyla Tharp; Conceived by Twyla Tharp; Resident Director: Kim Craven

Scenic Design by Santo Loquasto; Costume Design by Santo Loquasto; Lighting Design by Donald Holder; Sound Design by Peter Hylenski; Associate Scenic Design: Wilson Chin and Jenny B. Sawyers; Associate Costume Design: Matthew Pachtman and Mitchell Bloom; Associate Lighting Design: Jeanne Koenig and Aland Henderson; Make-Up Design by Angelina Avallone; Automated Lighting Programmer: Aland Henderson

General Manager: The Charlotte Wilcox Company; Company Manager: James Lawson; Associate Co. Mgr: Alexandra Gushin

Technical Supervisor: Smitty; Production Stage Manager: Arthur Gaffin; Stage Manager: David Sugarman

Musical Supervisor: Michael Dansicker; Musical Coordinator: Howard Joines; Conducted by Henry Aronson; Keyboards, Accordion, Percussion: Henry Aronson; Guitars, Banjo, Dobro, Harmonica: John "J.J." Jackson; Guitars, Banjo: Dave MacNab; Electric and Upright Basses: Paul Ossola; Drums, Percussion: Brian Doherty

Casting: Jay Binder, Jack Bowdan and Megan Larche; General Press Representative: Shaffer-Coyle Public Relations; Press Representative: Bill Coyle; Dance Captain: Alexander Brady; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Photographer: Richard Termine and Bruce Glikas

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Opening Night Cast

Michael ArdenCoyote
Lisa Brescia
Replaced Caryn Lyn Manuel in previews
Cleo
(Oct 03, 2006 - Nov 19, 2006)
Thom SesmaCaptain Ahrab
Lisa GajdaEnsemble
Neil HaskellEnsemble
Charlie Neshyba-HodgesEnsemble
Jason McDoleEnsemble
Jonathan NosanEnsemble
John SelyaEnsemble
Ron TodorowskiEnsemble

Swings: Alexander Brady, Alaine Kashian, Keith Kühl, Marty Lawson, Joseph Putignano and Cary Tedder

Standby: John Herrera (Captain Ahrab), Katie Klaus (Cleo) and Jason Wooten (Coyote)

Songs

music by Bob Dylan; lyrics by Bob Dylan

Blowin' in the Wind
Desolation Row
Dignity
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Everything Is Broken
Forever Young
Gotta Serve Somebody
Highway 61 Revisited
I Believe in You
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
Just Like a Woman
Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Lay Lady Lay
Like a Rolling Stone
Maggie's Farm
Man Gave Names to All the Animals
Masters of War
Mr. Tambourine Man
Not Dark Yet
On a Night Like This
Please, Mrs. Henry
Rainy Day Women
Simple Twist of Fate
Summer Days
The Times They Are A-Changin'

Reviews


AP: "A murky musical misfire"

What is one to make of "The Times They Are A-Changin'," the murky musical misfire that combines the considerable talents of director-choreographer Twyla Tharp and pop superstar Bob Dylan.

It's hard to tell what Tharp, who conceived the show, had in mind, judging from the confusing, surreal production on stage at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The diffuse plot is as ragged as the tattered overalls worn by the production's creepy clown chorus, an able, gymnastic bunch of dancers awash in scary pale makeup that make them look like refugees from Cirque du Soleil.

There are clues to Tharp's intentions in the theater program where the setting is ominously described as "sometime between awake and asleep" and where the musical is called "a fable." Forget life being a cabaret. In "Times," it's a small, seedy circus, a garish, colored-light world wonderfully created by designer Santo Loquasto. Allegory, anyone?

The story, if you can call it that, concerns a father, a son and a woman who seems to come between them. Dad is a gruff, grinning sadist called Captain Ahrab; son Coyote, an unhappy Candide-like youngster; and Cleo, a circus performer of mysterious origin. None of them is particularly well defined - or interesting.

Visually, though, there are some arresting moments, particularly when Tharp's dancers are hurtling across the stage. Whether bouncing on trampolines, using hula hoops, jumping rope or tossing beach balls (shades of the unlamented "Good Vibrations"), they have an unflagging energy that almost makes up for the nebulous love triangle.

Tharp uses a few of her dance regulars here, including John Selya, Ron Todorowski and an amazing Charlie Neshyba-Hodges. They are all veterans of "Movin' Out," the choreographer's Billy Joel-Vietnam era musical that had a lengthy Broadway run.

"Times" isn't likely to repeat that success, despite the inclusion of some of Dylan's biggest hits - including "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35," "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Lay, Lady, Lay" - in the show. They are played with gusto by a small band perched above the stage.

Dylan's gutsy, often blues-tinged songs seem grafted on to the entertainment, which contains no dialogue. Yet the show's three main performers sing these numbers heroically, almost as if they were appearing in a rock concert. Special kudos should go to

Michael Arden, a genuine find. He portrays the show's budding hero with an appealing earnestness that transcends the thinness of his character. And while not a dancer, Arden holds his own against the more experienced movers on stage.

Thom Sesma, as the father, growls like an aging rock star, while Lisa Brescia, who admittedly has the least to do, strives and succeeds in finding a lost vulnerability as Cleo.

Brescia does deliver an affecting version of "Don't Think Twice It's All Right," sung to a dog, portrayed with floppy-eared sweetness by Jason McDole. That mutt is one of the evening's meager attempts at humor, a quality sorely lacking amid all the pretension Tharp plies onto this lame coming-of-age parable.


AP
10/26/2006

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Brooks Atkinson Theatre

(10/26/2006 - 11/19/2006)

Cast

Caren Lyn Manuel
Cleo Was replaced in previews
(Sep 25, 2006 - Oct 2, 2006)


Standbys: Lisa Brescia (Cleo).


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