Our collaboration continues across the miles as “Popgun” Paul Cowgill has agreed to be musical director for The Thing About It – A New Musical, the workshop of which will be performed Jan. 28-31 at Southern Rep Theatre in New Orleans. Brian Sands came up with the idea and wrote the book and at this writing it features 24 of my songs, mostly ones you’ve heard done by PP&PP but a few world premieres as well. I can’t think of a more perfect candidate than Paul and wish him success and inspiration in this new position.
SOUTHERN REP LAUNCHES NEW PLAY BACCHANAL :
Features Gulf Coast South Writers
Featuring a Louisiana country-fried pop/rock score, THE THING ABOUT IT – A NEW MUSICAL, music & lyrics Pete Sturman, concept & libretto Brian Sands is a coming out tale about a young man’s journey as he negotiates relationships and love, with an original sound that’ll have your toes tapping right along. THE THING ABOUT IT runs Thursday, January 28th through Sunday, January 31st. Thursday through Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Directed by Holly-Anne Ruggiero.
Brian Sands has had works produced by Four Humors (LOVE AT THE LOUNGE), Artists Cooperative Theater (LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURE, ALL NIGHT SERVICE), Dillard University (LAGNIAPPE, A MUSICAL) and DramaRama (featured artist, 2005). His play TWO SECOND LIEUTENANTS IN THE RUSSIAN IMPERIAL ARMY was selected by Des McAnuff as a finalist in the Contemporary Arts Center’s playwriting contest. ROI C. NOGGIN, an adaptation of UBU ROI, was included in DramaRama 2008 and subsequently presented by Pavement Productions in Portland, OR. Brian is a member of the Dramatists Guild and has been the Literary Manager for Southern Rep since 2004.
Pete Sturman moved to New Orleans in 1992 and started singing at Checkpoint Charlie’s, where he met singer/pianist Paul Cowgill. They began performing together as the unambiguously gay music duo Pistol Pete & Popgun Paul. The two developed a loyal following and released two CDs under Mike West (Fine Red Wine, 1998 and Son of a Gun, 2000). The duo’s collaborations were brought to a stop after Hurricane Katrina when Pete moved to New York. Pete’s first solo release True Stories was also recorded by Mike West.
Performances will run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are on sale now for $10 per performance or purchase a BACCHANAL PASS for $20-$25, which grants you access to all events and workshops. Southern Rep Theatre is located on the 3rd floor of the Shops of Canal Place, where validated parking is available. For more information and to order tickets, call (504) 522-6545, or visit www.southernrep.com.
Southern Rep celebrates 23 years of excellence, developing and producing new plays which provide audiences with professional theatre of the highest artistic quality and achievement and establishing a creative working environment that nurtures theatre professionals. As New Orleans’ premiere professional theatre, Southern Rep strives to use the artistry of theatre to enlighten, educate, and entertain audiences, and aims to extend that service through educational and outreach programs.