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Posted: 02/12/14

Teddy Toye, left, original Broadway cast member, as Mick and Kara Dombrowski as Lysistrata in "Lysistrata Jones" at Meadow Brook Theatre Feb. 12 through March 9.

(Photo courtesy of Rick Smith)

Rocking musical 'Lysistrata
Jones' makes Michigan premiere

      The basketball team at Athens University hasn't won a game in more than 30 years. The worst part in transfer student Lysistrata Jones' opinion is that no one seems to mind.
       "Lyssie J" sets out to change that, rallying the cheerleaders to inspire their boyfriends to win, she announces that the cheerleaders will stop "giving it up" until the team wins. Based on the classic comedy "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes, "Lysistrata Jones" bounces the ancient story into the 21st century without missing a beat. With music and lyrics by Lewis Flinn and a book by Douglas Carter Beane, "Lysistrata Jones" runs Feb. 12 through March 9 at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University.
       "It's a battle between the sexes that has lasted nearly 2,500 years," said MBT Artistic Director Travis Walter. "It's a great opportunity to introduce our friends and patrons to a fun musical update of an ancient story."
       The cast of "Lysistrata Jones" introduces a team of new talent to the MBT audiences. Lyssie J is played by Kara Dombrowski while original "Lysistrata Jones" Broadway cast member, Teddy Toye is her put-off boyfriend, Mick. The rest of the cast includes: Tamara Anderson, Karen Burthwright, Kathryn Terza, Minami Yusui, Tim Dolan, Jason Williams, Michael De Souza, Jake Wood, Hannah Dubner, Ben Holtzman, Lizzie Rainville and Dave Roy.
       Walter directs, with choreography by Raquis Petree and Minami Yusui and musical direction by Greg Kenna. Terry Carpenter is the stage manager, with set design by Brian Kessler, costumes by Corey Globke, lighting by Reid G. Johnson and sound by Mike Duncan.
       Tickets range from $25 to $40 and are available by calling the MBT box office at (248) 377-3300 or going online at Student discounts are available at the box office. Groups of eight or more should call (248) 370-3316 for group pricing. "Lysistrata Jones" contains adult language and situations.
       MBT is located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. For additional information, visit MBT is a nonprofit, cultural institution serving southeast Michigan for more than 45 years.

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