Interactive Revival of Let My People Come Will Extend With New Cast
By Adam Hetrick
The new production of Let My People Come, the 1970's Off-Broadway revue that received an update for contemporary audiences, will continue with an open-ended engagement at the Underground on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
The mix of bawdy sexual comedy and social commentary returned to New York Feb. 8 under the direction of producer John Forslund. It was originally scheduled to play an eight-week engagement, but ticket demand has prompted an open-ended run. A new cast, who will continue with the extension, will be announced March 22.
Forslund, who also presents the weekly cabaret Bound for Broadway and the N.E.W. Musicals series, worked with original Let My People Come writer Earl Wilson, Jr. to reshape the sexually-charged romp for new audiences. It now covers topics ranging from gay marriage and equality, to on-line dating.
Let My People Come enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway run in the 1970's (1,327 performances at the Village Gate), but a 1976 Broadway transfer proved ill-fated.
Songs in the original include "I'm Gay," "Give It To Me," "Dirty Words," "Come In My Mouth" and "I Believe My Body." A cast album preserves the original production.
The current cast includes James Hansen, Diego Rios, Daniel Stevens, Molly McGivern, Haley Selmon, Amina Camille, Brian Craft, John Ryan Del Bosque, Gavin Rohrer, Mariel Blatt, Christie DaBreau and Susanna Merrick. Mark T Evans is musical director.
Theatregoers have the opportunity to purchase special tickets that encourage or discourage the cast from interacting with them. Let My People Come, A Sexual Party Musical Revue tickets begin at $49.99. Phone (866) 811-4111. The Underground is located at 955 West End Ave., at 107th Street and Broadway.
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