In recent years, baby boomers have been vilified by younger generations, both via internet memes and in person. But “The Boomer Boys Musical” aims to make the subject of aging laugh.
The musical will have five performances from February 11-13 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center.
Lyricist and writer Billy Van Zandt, who wrote the play with the late Jane Milmore, told The Desert Sun it was “a perfect fit” for the Palm Springs area and hopes it will return for more performances afterward. its local beginnings.
The word “boomer” does not bother him. He thinks “we’ve been pushed into a category and we’re making the most of it.” The play also invites everyone, he said, adding that men can relate to the jokes about reaching a certain age, and women who come in groups can have a good laugh at the characters looking like their husbands.
“Everyone identifies with it,” Van Zandt said. “We have young people who show up and they love [it] because the humor is pretty good. The younger ones taunt their parents until about halfway through the series when they realize, “Hey, wait a minute, this is what my future looks like.” Then they’re just horrified.”
Even though ‘The Boomer Boys Musical’ has a minimal production and features a ‘Fat Pack’ of four men in their 50s and 60s, it was performed off-Broadway and in venues with 175 to 1,000 seats as a production. on tour.
The cast includes Van Zandt, Tom Frascatore, Jeff Babey and Glen Jones. Van Zandt has known Frascatore since kindergarten and has worked with others for over 30 years. The show’s loose performance format leaves friends guessing what the other is going to throw on stage.
“We end up having as good a time as the audience, and it gets a little campy too. A lot of the jokes are pretty far out there,” Van Zandt said.
Van Zandt credits the idea for the show – a musical about the changes men of a certain age go through as they age – to composer Waylon Picard.
“Before I opened my mouth, (Milmore) said ‘Yes, we’ll be happy to do that’ and I said ‘Why did you accept so quickly?’ and she said, “I’d rather write about it than hear you complain about it all the time. We did the lyrics, (Picard) did the music and we came up with some fun songs.”
Some of the song titles from the musical include “My Prostate Is The Size Of A Buick”, “Brain Fart”, “You’ll Never Be Younger Than You Are Today”, “My God I Am My Father”, and ” What The Mirror Doesn’t Show Up.” There is also a song about colonoscopy.
“The songs are fun,” Van Zandt said. “We pay homage to the bucket lists that everyone seems to be making these days.”
The 85-minute show is intended to be fun and does not insult anyone.
“It’s more about the things people can relate to and laugh at themselves,” Van Zandt said. “I truly believe the best way to grow old is to laugh it off with your friends. That’s what this show is about.”
If you are going to
What: “The Boomers Boys Musical”
When: February 11-13
Or: Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E. Barristo Road, Palm Springs
Tickets: $38 to $58
Desert Sun reporter Brian Blueskye covers arts and entertainment. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @bblueskye.
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