Friday, August 04, 2006

FringeNYC Preview: ONLY A LAD

A musical based on the songs of the 80’s rock band Oingo Boingo. Cool! Oingo Boingo was another one of those 80’s bands that almost “made it.” The band’s front man, Danny Elfman has since certainly “made it” as one of the more creative film composers. The band was part of the LA punk scene, but they were different; for one thing they had a horn section! And they were smart, funny, ironic and highly subversive. I’m not sure how well and show can be when created from a catalogue of songs by a specific band, but I’m willing to give this one a try. Only a Lad is the story of Johnny, a punk teenager living in 1984 America. He lives in a world of black, white and wild imagination. When Johnny is accused of murder, he must prove his innocence.

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