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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Neal Medlyn's Unpronounceable Symbol

Tonight I'm going to see the much-raved-about Neal Medlyn's Unpronounceable Symbol at PS 122. Find out more about Neal at - it's his homage to Prince, and he's the one who told me about Bryant Lake Bowl right before my trip to Minneapolis, where he'd spent time researching Prince.


NEAL MEDLYN'S UNPRONOUNCEABLE SYMBOL is Neal Medlyn's fourth and largest to date pop song tragic-comedic extravaganza. Following the success of his Lionel Richie Opera, R. Kelly cabaret, and wild and bloody spin on Phil Collins, Medlyn takes on the purple, hyper-sexualized world of Prince.

Set to many of Prince's biggest hits and infamous b-sides, all performed onstage by a live band, Neal plays out an evening of seduction and intense internal spiritual conflict between two characters: an engaged cab driver and a messianic libertine. Jealousy, band troubles, violence, death, a dream ballet, decent into hell and the eventual transubstantiation of body fluids and redemption all find their place in an operatic and overblown evening of androgynous musical entertainment.

With contributions from Kenny Mellman of Kiki and Herb, choreographer David Neumann, Carmine Covelli and Adrienne Truscott

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