Location

Performing at the Understudy 

4609 N Clark Street

Chicago, IL

February 2020

Contact

All press inquiries should be directed to David Rosenberg, our publicist, at david@drpublicrelations.com.

 

Sponsorship inquiries should email Artistic Director Whitney Rhodes whitney@underscoretheatre.org

 

Drop us a line any time at info@cmtf.org.

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Grindr: The Opera

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Book, Music and Lyrics by Erik Ransom

Elevator pitch: Four gay men seeking different kinds of connection collide as GRINDR, a mythical siren, is awakened by technology to lure them into peril with hilarious consequences.

Synopsis: GRINDR The Opera puts the most notorious gay hook-up app into the exaggerated world of opera. With musical styles ranging from baroque to contemporary pop, GRINDR The Opera is a daring, humorous look at the changing landscape of gay relationships, and the greatest catalyst for the shift: GRINDR.

 

We meet GRINDR, a mythical siren from remote antiquity who has been awoken from her millennial slumber by technology. Her power, which is derived from human lust, is exhibited as she manipulates her gay devotees in a soaring soprano.

 

Next we meet the boys: Devon is a romantic, Tom is a cynic, Jack is a twink and Don is a daddy. These four gay men of different "Tribes" meet via the medium of the Grindr app, each seeking a different type of connection. GRINDR guides them to intersect to hilarious and calamitous results, culminating in a grand finale wherein all the dirty laundry tumbles out.

 

This production marks the Midwest premiere of GRINDR, which will play next in London, England in the summer of 2018.

Great if you like: Fans of Avenue Q, Book of Mormon & Jerry Springer The Opera should love this irreverent comedy!

Content advisory: Recommended for mature audiences

Performance times:

Friday, 2/9 at 10pm

Tuesday, 2/13 at 8pm

Saturday, 2/17 at noon

Friday, 2/23 at 10pm

Media

Creative Team

Rachel Klein (Director) has been coined “Endlessly Clever” (NY Post), "Nothing short of brilliant" (Broadway World), and the New York Times has praised: "What makes this show pop is the bracing vision of its director, Rachel Klein." Off-Broadway Direction: Red Roses, Green Gold ; Around the World in 80 Days ; The Anthem ; Gay Bride of Frankenstein. Selected NYC Theater: Coming: A Rock Musical of Biblical Proportions ; Symphony of Shadows ; The Tragedy of Maria Macabre.

Erik Ransom (Composer/Librettist) has worked extensively as a writer, composer, lyricist and performer. He spent 5 years in the Off-Broadway casts of “My Big Gay Italian Wedding/Funeral” and has written and performed in various NY musicals, including "GRINDR The Opera" (www.GrindrTheOpera.com), "COMING: A Rock Musical of Biblical Proportions" (www.comingthemusical.com) and his historical epic "More Than All the World", based on Marlowe's "Edward II", will premiere at The Theater for the New City in November, 2016.

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