Ken Roht's Same-O, A 99¢ Only Electric Ballad: Surreal Musical with 99¢ Only Store Items
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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.
Quotes & Highlights
- "GO! ...suggests the Ziegfeld Follies on acid." --<em>LA Weekly</em>
- Read the <em>LA Weekly</em> <a target="_blank" href="http://blogs.laweekly.com/stylecouncil/2010/12/stage_raw_traveling_carnival_f.php#more">review</a>.
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