Ken Roht's Same-O, A 99¢ Only Electric Ballad: Surreal Musical with 99¢ Only Store Items
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Tarell Alvin McCraney's latest acclaimed play tracks the coming-of-age of a group of talented young African-American prep-school singers whose choral prowess is woven seamlessly into the story. Pharus, the undisputed superstar of the choir, is searching for the courage to let his true self shine through, in this work by MacArthur Fellowship-winner McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), who's been called "without question, the hottest young playwright in America" (Chicago Tribune). The West Coast premiere reunites director Trip Cullman, star Jeremy Pope and several other cast members from its 2013 New York run. Learn More
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Featured review from Stephen
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a little too earnest and ponderous. I prefer the shows to be frothy and light-hearted. This was heavy and didn't have the talent chops to carry it off. Stick to fun. The final rainbow wedding scene should have been the essence of the whole show. I'm gay, love gay weddings, but the loud sound, box thing was too much.
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What the f**k was this? I'm still just absolutely shocked at how BAD this was! It made absolutely no sense, it was loud & pretentious, & the singing was gawd-aweful! I've been to the 99 cent calendar girls shows & LOVED them! I was really...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“GO! …suggests the Ziegfeld Follies on acid.” —LA Weekly
Read the LA Weekly review.
Writer/Director: Ken Roht
Choreographer: Ken Roht
Co-Composers: John Ballinger and Ken Roht
Music, Dance, and Vocal Arrangements: John Ballinger
Music Direction: John Ballinger
Bootleg Theater is excited to announce the brand new Ken Roht’s Same-O, A 99¢ Only Electric Ballad__ ____– once again bringing together the award-winning creative team of Roht, John Ballinger and Ann Closs-Farley for an outrageous holiday production. Previous 99¢ Only shows have been critically acclaimed as a “bedazzlement of theater action and peanut gallery voyeurism” (LA Times__) and “mix of heady surrealism, marvelously inventive choreography, unabashed camp, and delightful whimsy” (Backstage West). Costumes, sets and moving sculptures in this progressive multimedia music event will once again incorporate traditional 99¢ Only Store fare, with the addition of recycled and sustainable materials this year. Despite the name, __Same-O __is not the same-o same-o. While this year’s whimsical spectacle still has the same type of wildly imaginative score, costumes and choreography as in years past, key differences include an overall tone that takes more chances conceptually by exploring the issue of graceful co-existence and costumes made from paper products. “For years, the 99¢ Only shows have blithely glorified plastic and I thought we needed to do our part to promote ethical consumerism,” says Roht.
The 2010 production takes the audience on a hero’s journey with two very different young men, Eddie and Fred, who end up getting married. While narrative elements such as this exist in the production, the work functions more as abstract art in the Surrealist tradition, or even as progressive dance theater, than traditional linear theater. “Logic is not of paramount importance or even necessarily appreciated,” says Roht.
99¢ Only Show Timeline
Ken Roht’s Same-O, A 99¢ Only Electric Ballad is the seventh in a series of unique 99¢ Only shows that have been entertaining Los Angeles audiences since 2002. Each show in the series has been an original story of peace, love, struggle, and acceptance wrapped up in a singing and dancing 99¢ holiday bow.
- 2002 – Wonderama – Roht took his 99¢ Only Store obsession public for the first time with music, puppets, and spoken-word excerpts from corporate reports in celebration of the joy and excess of American consumerism
- 2003 – __Splendor __- the story of a Golden Boy who is abducted from the Frenchies, an enigmatic tribe of warrior-clowns, by the misunderstood misfits, the Crusties
- 2004 – __Peace Squad Goes 99 __- Peace Squad, the boy band, and their mothers save the 99¢ Only Village from the misguided Hollow Mirror Man and his minions
- 2005 – __Route 99: Orange Star Dinner Show – __set in a Wyoming dinner theater, Orange Star serves up hospitality, delicious home cookin’ and western glamour made from pool toys and plastic tablecloths
- 2006 – Pageant of the 4 Seasons, a 99¢ Only Modern Something__ ____-__ “a demented blend of low-budget Ziegfeld Follies, an earth-bound Cirque du Soleil, and the kind of performance neighborhood kids put on in somebody’s garage”__ (LA Weekly)
- 2008 – Ken Roht’s 99__¢ ____Only Calendar Girl Competition -____ __a meditation of sorts on beauty pageants, where the audience picks the winner
The 99¢ Only Stores deep discount retail chain has generously supported each show in the series with not only product donations but also gracious cooperation and enthusiasm since the beginning of the project.