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Broadway review: 'Lysistrata Jones': Best new musical of the season

18 December 2011 1:13 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Thank you, Aristophanes.

A mere 2,400 years after he wrote "Lysistrata," its latest take-off "Lysistrata Jones" is the best musical of the Broadway season.

It would be too easy to dismiss this as "High School Musical" east just because of singing and dancing basketball players. This is a musical with substance, energy and joy, and it's impossible to leave frowning.Patti Murin, as Lysistrata, or Lyssie, who was also wonderful and exuberant in "Xanadu" and Liz Mikel ("Friday Night Lights") as Hetaira, a courtesan not to be crossed, are magnificent. Mikel has the presence and voice of a woman who knows her power.

And she's only too happy to share that power and wisdom with a ragtag bunch of college cheerleaders and one strident librarian on work-study.  The story, at least its main point, remains true.

As they say in the opening number, "It's a play by Aristophanes/He's dead/so we do as we please. »


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