By Brandon Voss
Originally published on Advocate.com April 11 2014 8:00 AM ET
Randy Jones, the Village People's original cowboy, will lead the cast of The Anthem, an original sci-fi musical inspired by the classic Ayn Rand novella Anthem.
A press release describes The Anthem as "Hunger Games meets Ayn Rand in a far off future (several centuries after the early 1980s) in a social media gone mad world, where individuality is illegal. Prometheus (Jason Gotay) abandons everything to confront the State — controlled by the overlord of evil efficiency, Tiberius (Randy Jones). With a forbidden copy of Ayn Rand's ancient tome in hand, can Prometheus overthrow the system?"
Directed by Rachel Klein and written by Gary Morgenstein, Jonnie Rockwell, and Erik Ransom, The Anthem begins preview performances May 20 and officially opens May 29 at off-Broadway's Lynn Redgrave Theatre.
JJJ Productions, Culture Project, and Aaron Grant Theatrical, Inc. present the world premiere, which features aerial choreography and a circus environment.
The cast also includes Ashley Kate Adams, Remy Zaken, Jenna Leigh Green, Damian Thompson, Emily S. Grosland, Patch David, Shiloh Goodin, Jamyl Dobson, Katie Lee Hill, Crista Marie Jackson, and Brian Ferree.
"A life in the show business and the theatre allows one many privileges," says Jones in a press statement. "After seeing Around the World in 80 Days and meeting its director Rachel Klein, I was convinced a force of nature in the same talent vein as Julie Taymor and Diane Paulus had crossed my path. Klein sees the world of theatre in a way that very few director/choreographers do. Her ability to spin magic from actors, designers, musicians and crew is a wondrous thing to witness when ultimately presented onstage. And that privilege I mentioned initially, is that I get to work with Rachel Klein on The Anthem."
Jones married Will Grega, his partner of 30 years, last September in New York. His New York theater credits include Sodom: The Musical, When Joey Married Bobby, and Madonna Whore: Confessions of a Dirty Mind.
For tickets and more information visit The AnthemMusical.com.