Monkee Micky Dolenz, who dazzled in London’s Hairspray” is rehearsing a potential new Broadway, or Off-Broadway musical. Garage Band is part Jersey Boys and part American Graffiti.
Dolenz was recently at New York City’s Ha! Comedy Club for the reading. Ken Davenport is directing with book by The Grundleshotz and music and lyrics by Mark Allen.
The musical tells the story of Wall Street broker Mitch, who is downsized one day and find himself moving back to his native New Jersey to live with his mother.
He begins to re-evaluate his life. Turns out he was in a band; he gets the guys together and they get ready for the ultimate competition with the other big band the neighborhood.
Dolenz plays an all-knowing seer named Gordon. He brought his wealth of theater experience to the production and immediately raised the bar for the show. His presence lent a degree of authority to the production, sending it high on the scale for hit potential.
Dolenz, a child actor and star in the 1960s sit-com “The Monkees,” appeared in 2009 in London’s West End production of hit musical Hairspray.
The musical has had a hugely successful run at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Dolenz played Wilbur Turnblad, the father of Tracy Turnblad, the show’s protagonist. Christopher Walken played Wilbur Turnblad in the hit 2007 movie.
Andy Karl, who played Mitch, was outstanding. Brandon Williams, who essayed rival Tygen was terrific. Donnie Kehr was also in the play reading several characters.
It’s a play everyone can relate to. If given a shot, this band will do very well indeed.