The Anthem is a new Off-Broadway musical with touches of The Hunger Games, Cirque du Soleil, The Village People, and Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, telling the story of a world gone mad some time in the future. There’s revolution against an evil dictator, romance and betrayal, great staged fights, and acrobatic dancers literally hanging from the rafters. Even Ayn Rand, on whose novella this science fiction musical is based, would have loved it, and she was famous for not liking anything.
I saw a preview of The Anthem the other evening and loved it. It’s playing Thursdays through Tuesdays through August at Culture Project/Lynn Redgrave Theater, tickets are $33 or $44. Performances are Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8PM; Mon and Tues at 7PM. Matinees are on Sat and Sun at 3PM.
The play stars Randy Jones, the original Cowboy of The Village People, and Jason Gotay, who appeared recently as Peter Parker/Spiderman in Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, plus other talented young performers.
The theater is at 45 Bleecker Street, and several subway lines stop right at the front door. Take the B, D. F or M to Broadway-Lafayette or the 6 to Bleecker Street.