Joe’s Garage: The Musical

I for one would love to see this:

The Open Fist Theatre Company in California will present the world premiere of Joe’s Garage, a new stage production based on the Frank Zappa album of the same name. Directed by Pat Towne, the production will begin previews at the Open Fist Theatre Sept. 18 with an official opening Sept. 26. The limited engagement will run through Nov. 22.

Joe’s Garage to Make World Premiere in September

21 Responses to “Joe’s Garage: The Musical”

  1. Rob says:

    Sounds very interesting (And would probably make a great movie, if done right)! My only concern: Who’s playing the music? Did the ZFT give permission to use the original tapes?? I don’t think a “theater orchestra” could pull it off very well.

  2. Balint says:

    …if the main caracter was played by Tom Cruise, then the subtitle could be: (Per)Mission Impossible!

  3. Grimpoteuthis says:

    they have permission, read the article.

  4. Jamez says:

    Hope we get some pics when it previews.

  5. Balint says:

    Here’s some info about a “concert-like” performance in 2003, played by The Troupe.

  6. andre ntj says:

    A quote from Grimpoteuthis:

    they have permission, read the article.

    yes, but do they have the andre’s permission???

  7. Alex says:

    Sounds awesome – unfortunately I’m here in Indiana.

  8. Robert says:

    I for one have trouble imagining Joe’s intercourse with Sy being performed live on stage in front of an american audience. And will they introduce beeps at all the places were words like eg. “golden shower”, “fuck me, you ugly son of a bitch” are supposed to be heard? (Or maybe, at least for the latter example, they simply resort to the german lyrics which are safe anyway because nobody speaks decent german over there…)

  9. Bob Again says:

    A quote from Robert:

    …nobody speaks decent german over there…)

    Ist das nicht unheimlich?

  10. John Healy says:

    When they make the move I vote for Selma Blair to play Mary, the girl that was stuck to seat 38 on Phydeaux III.

  11. Jamez says:

    A quote from John Healy:

    When they make the move I vote for Selma Blair to play Mary, the girl that was stuck to seat 38 on Phydeaux III.

    Wasn’t she married to Ahmet Zappa?

  12. John Healy says:

    A quote from John Healy:

    Wasn’t she married to Ahmet Zappa?

    The AHMET Wiki says you are correct Jamez. She IS the former Mrs. Ahmet. I had no idea.

    Now she is even more perfect!

  13. ahmet ntj says:

    A quote from John Healy:

    Now she is even more perfect!

    perfect bitch is what i’d say. she took me for ride. i’m glad to be home with mom.

  14. ahmet ntj says:

    http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/blair%20inundated%20with%20gay%20love%20offers_1074578

    Hollywood actress SELMA BLAIR is regularly propositioned by lesbians because of her three on-screen girl-on-girl love scenes.
    The 36-year-old, who split from her husband Ahmet Zappa in 2006, gained a massive gay following after locking lips with Sarah Michelle Gellar in 1999′s Cruel Intentions.
    She subsequently went on to film lesbian kissing scenes for last year’s (07) Feast of Love and for upcoming movie Driving Lessons.
    And Blair is convinced that many women often confuse her for a real life lesbian, according to the New York Daily News.
    She says, “I have done three girl-on-girl kisses on-screen. And, yet, I’ve never done any (lesbian experimentation) in my real life.
    “When lesbian friends tell me they’re in love with me after our friendship has been cemented, it always shocks me.”

    There’s more where this came from…

  15. John Healy says:

    A quote from John Healy:

    i’m glad to be home with mom.

    She won’t let you fly but she might let you sing. But I digress.

    Now as for Selma. Maybe I’m a lesbian too but I want her in the movie. Got that AZ?

  16. ahmet ntj says:

    A quote from John Healy:

    She won’t let you fly but she might let you sing.

    she does my laundry and cooks for me!

  17. Bill says:

    It’s been done at the University of Michigan.
    Check out the DVD
    Performed and filmed 1999/04/16, Cosmosis Productions performed Frank Zappa’s “Joe’s Garage” as a live stage adaptation. The show featured a 7-piece band (featuring Ike Willis as a special guest), 6 modern dancers, a full cast of 10, a larger-than-life Scrutinizer, projections featuring character and digital animation, and quadraphonic sound design.

  18. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from Robert:

    I for one have trouble imagining Joe’s intercourse with Sy being performed live on stage in front of an american audience. And will they introduce beeps at all the places were words like eg. “golden shower”, “fuck me, you ugly son of a bitch” are supposed to be heard? (Or maybe, at least for the latter example, they simply resort to the german lyrics which are safe anyway because nobody speaks decent german over there…)

    Of course, this can be accomplished in the form of an interpretative dance number (think of giant foam puppets).

  19. peter says:

    A quote from Robert:

    I for one have trouble imagining Joe’s intercourse with Sy being performed live on stage in front of an american audience. And will they introduce beeps at all the places were words like eg. “golden shower”, “fuck me, you ugly son of a bitch” are supposed to be heard? (Or maybe, at least for the latter example, they simply resort to the german lyrics which are safe anyway because nobody speaks decent german over there…)

    I guess it is safe to say that you know nothing about America (or independent theater, for that matter).

  20. Michael Franco says:

    I am the producer of Joe’s Garage and I can promise there will be no alteration of the language and that my band is up to it.
    As for the Ike Willits staging – that was done without the permission of the Zappa Family Trust and was done with students. I can promise you that the lady Z has been a crucial supporter of the show and our advisor on all things Zappa. Pic’s are up on our myspace and Facebok sites and more will be coming.
    Michael Franco

  21. Mark says:

    Here is a nice youtube video Rehersals without there costumes.

    Check it out Open Fist Theatre Company

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QjXDF2BKKM

    I will be going in mid October Can’t wait.

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