Tomfoolery, a musical revue of the satirical comedic compositions of Tom Lehrer, will now run through September 11th. We saw this show a little while ago and had a few laughs and a pleasant time. Click “Continue reading” for more information and a video preview of this not-so-well known yet delightful show.
Who is Tom Lehrer?
Tom Lehrer is an American singer-songwriter, satirist, pianist, and mathematician. He has lectured on mathematics and musical theater. Lehrer is best known for the pithy, humorous songs he recorded in the 1950s and 1960s. His work often parodies popular song forms, such as in “The Elements,” where he sets the names of the chemical elements to the tune of the “Major-General’s Song” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” Lehrer’s earlier work typically dealt with non-topical subject matter and was noted for its black humor, seen in songs such as “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park”. In the 1960s, he produced a number of songs dealing with social and political issues of the day, particularly when he wrote for the U.S. version of the television show “That Was The Week That Was.”
So, What is Tomfoolery?
Tomfoolery musical review include some of these well known classics “The Vatican Rag,” “Be Prepared,” “My Home Town,” “Pollution,” “She’s My Girl,” “The Hunting Song,” and“We Will All Go Together When We Go.”
The cast, under the direction of Wade P. Wood, and the musical direction of Don Wagner includes Henrik Boes, Clark Bomer Brittain, Paula Jayne Friedland and Amanda Goldrick with choreography by Missy Moore.
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Now thru September 11
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; *Sun at 1 p.m.
Denver Victorian Playhouse, 4201 Hooker Street in Denver
303-433-4343 or online at www.denvervic.com.
(*Please note time change of Sunday performance)