Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Keeping an Eye on Futurity

I mentioned in my holiday gift roundup that steampunk musical Futurity, with music by César Alvarez with The Lisps, lyrics by Mr. Alvarez, book by Molly Rice and Mr. Alvarez, will be featured in a concert at Joe's Pub this Friday at 9:30. Indie-rock band The Lisps will be singing songs from their concept album, also titled Futurity, and will be joined by Michael Ceveris and Ben Simon, Chelsey Donn, Grant O'Brien, Aaron Schroeder, Caroline Tamas and Jillian Tully, who perform on their soon-to-be-released album. Sample a couple of the songs by clicking the links below:

This is a musical of moving parts-- a show that transcends time, place, and technology through folksy song. I've heard about this musical for a while, especially with some friends being fans of The Lisps who have heard music from the show in various incantations, and there are a lot of exciting things up ahead for the show. The show will be having its world premiere at The American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, in March, followed by performances at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, in April.

Here's a little clip from the press release telling what the show's about:
Futurity: A Musical by The Lisps is an avant-americana indie-rock musical that follows Julian Munro, a Civil War soldier trying to invent a steam-powered mechanical brain that will solve all of humanities problems. Guided by his brilliant mentor, the famous metaphysician Ada Lovelace, Julian weaves an epic fantasy that folds a utopian, high-tech future back into the dark reality of war.

Crazy, right? Get you glimpse of Futurity at Joe's Pub on Friday by buying your tickets here.

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