Jukebox Stories is a unique theatrical event that mixes the bitingly comic and strange stories of renowned Bay Area playwright Prince Gomolvilas with the sharply observant and clever songs of Brandon Patton. Prince tells stories and Brandon sings songs ripped from the headlines and from their own unpredictable lives. Covering such diverse subjects as Hooters girls, outlaw family members, beautiful bigots, evil love spells, and real-life ghostly encounters, sacred cows are not only touched—they are violently kicked.
Kent Nicholson, a celebrated Bay Area director who helmed Trevor Allen’s Working for the Mouse at Impact in 2002, interweaves the songs and stories to create a cohesive and dynamic evening of performance.
Jukebox Stories is part theatre piece, part live music performance: though the show is crafted around a core of a half-dozen stories and songs, Prince and Brandon will also perform other selections from their catalogs each night, hand-selected for that evening’s audience. It will be a theatrical experience like none other—and never the same way twice.
The East Bay Express calls Jukebox Stories an "endearing world premiere...a satisfying blend of humor and poignancy. The stories and "quirkily smart songs" are "political, personal, funny, biting, sad, raunchy, and above all honest. Jukebox Stories replicates the amiable informality of a gathering of old friends." Read the whole review.
The Daily Cal labels Prince and Brandon "Jukebox Heroes" and declares the show "a delightfully flippant theatrical event that is part high-brow performance art, part drinking game... Jukebox Stories is experimental and smart, occupying a nebulous space between play and musical. Although its genre is hard to pinpoint, Jukebox Stories is a definite artistic success." Read the whole review.
The Oakland Tribune says the show is "fun, fresh and decidedly untheatrical... Jukebox Stories is a sturdy piece of post-modern cabaret, and Gomolvilas and Patton nicely fill their roles as hip, urban troubadours." Read the whole review.
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