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Thursday December 15, 2011

Broadway’s New Hit Musical “Lysistrate Jones, Inspired by Latino Elements

Broadway’s New Hit Musical “Lysistrate Jones, Inspired by Latino Elements

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In June, a group of more than 250 women in Barbacoas, Colombia went on what they called the “Crossed Legs Strike,” and refused to have sex with their partners until the government agreed to pave Barabacoas only access road. The women succeeded and just a few months later, another group, this time in the Philippines, did the same thing in order to stop the fighting between local villages. Now, a new hit musical on Broadway is taking a cue from that book.

Lysistrata Jones described:

The Athens University basketball team hasn’t won a game in 30 years.  But when spunky transfer student Lysistrata Jones dares the squad’s fed-up girlfriends to stop “giving it up” to their boyfriends until they win a game, their legendary losing streak could be coming to an end.  In this boisterous new pop musical comedy, Lyssie J. and her girl-power posse give Aristophanes’ classic comedy a sexy, modern twist and take student activism to a whole new level.

The musical has been called a mix between High School Musical and Mean Girls and touches on current events with topics like Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and the new iPhone Siri program.

Lysistrata Jones is based on a book by Douglas Carter Beane titled The Little Dog Laughed, which itself is based on the Aristophanes play Lysistrata about Greek women who withheld sex from their warrior-men in an attempt to get them to stop the Peloponnesian War.

The Broadway hit stars Patti Murin as Lyssie J., Lindsay Nicole Chambers, and Josh Segarra, and is being directed and choreographed by Tony-nominated Dan Knechtges.