Good Company Theatre will kick off International LGBTQ Pride Month with the new musicalÂ The View UpStairs, by theatre wunderkind Max Vernon.
Fashion influencer Wes is tired of living in New York City. Being broke in Brooklyn is soÂ passÃ©. So, he buys a burnt out building in his hometown of New Orleans. As he tours his new purchase, it comes to life with patrons from the UpStairs Lounge. It turns out his building was a gay bar in the 1970s, and Wes has been transported back to 1973. The lounge was a community center, a church, a cruising spot, and more. The patrons are like family, and they sing him through what it was like to be in “the life” during the early stages of the Gay Liberation Movement. Wes soon realizes that for all the advances in equality, some stories have been lost.
“The real UpStairs Lounge was a beacon for queer folks,” reflects Good Company Theatre Founder and Co-DirectorÂ Alicia Washington. “This musical is filled with joy, raucous songs, and a profound message about remembering how far things have come.”
“In 1973 an arson lit fire to the UpStairs Lounge, killing 32 people,” remarks Good Company Theatre Co-DirectorÂ Camille Washington. “It’s easy for these tragedies to pass out of knowledge over time.Â The View UpStairsÂ is a great reminder that strides toward equality are never free.”
The View UpStairsÂ is directed by University of Utah Actor Training Program Assistant Professor, and Flying Bobcat Theatre Artistic DirectorÂ Robert Scott SmithÂ (Jump, Big Love, Hamlet). It is Music Directed byÂ Ginger BessÂ (American Idiot, In The Heights). It features performances byÂ Sean BishopÂ (American Idiot, Five Carols For Christmas),Â Robert Riley FrenchÂ (Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Make Me A Song),Â Karen Gittins,Â Levi HopkinsÂ (Les Miserables, Peter Pan),Â Taylor Knuth(American Idiot, Pirated!),Â Yoah KristineÂ (Footloose, Big River),Â John Patrick McKennaÂ (BARE, American Idiot),Â Nick MorrisÂ (Thrill Me, The Wizard of Oz),Â Paul NaylorÂ (Appropriate, The Nether),Â Myra Peltier (In The Heights), Lance Smith (Catharsis), and Jeffrey Kay.
– âThe show swells with heartâ cheersÂ Entertainment Weekly.
–Â âLatches on to the drive and pure energy of shows like Rent…the musical proves itself to be timely and relevantâ ravesÂ Out Magazine.-Â â
A jambalaya of sexed-up tunesâ¦ is drenched in the sounds of honky tonk, power pop, soft rock, salsa, glam rock and soulâ declares theÂ Edge Media Network.
This musical features adult language and content, including frank discussion about arson. It is recommended for audiences age 13 and older. Tickets are $20 online atÂ goodcotheatre.com, and at the door before each performance.