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Gorilla Man - Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy

Gorilla Man

Kyle Jarrow

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Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy

3m, 2f, 2m or f

ISBN: 9780573632488

Book, Music and Lyrics by Kyle Jarrow

"[Gorilla Man] is big, bloody, ridiculous theatricality... There's a unity of vision and insanity that's exciting." - The New York Sun
"Kyle Jarrow's philosophical fable has an antic charm!" - Variety

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Description

Full Length Musical

Dark Comedy

Mystery/Thriller, Fables/Folktales, Parody / Spoof

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The stage should suggest a carnival sideshow - the more colorful and ramshackle the better. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Puberty is hard enough without the insatiable thirst for blood! Waking one morning to find thick fur growing on the backs of his hands, young Billy discovers the awful truth his mother has been hiding from him for fourteen years: he's destined to grow up into a murderous monster. Cast from his home, he sets out on a journey to find his father, the legendary Gorilla Man. Combining a variety of influences including horror films, picaresque tales, and glam rock, Gorilla Man is a strikingly original new musical. It's a pulse-pounding mix of comedy, concert, and carnival that explores philosophical issues of identity, ethics, and free will. It's a darkly comic coming-of-age tale filled with bombastic pop songs and peopled with lonely freaks by Obie Award winning playwright/composer Kyle Jarrow.

"[Gorilla Man] is big, bloody, ridiculous theatricality... There's a unity of vision and insanity that's exciting." - The New York Sun

"Kyle Jarrow's philosophical fable has an antic charm!" - Variety

"This is a rock musical, and, dare I say it, a great one at that!" - Curtain Up

"Kyle Jarrow is New York's hipster playwright." - The New York Times

Gorilla Man received its premiere production at Performance Space 122 in New York City on March 10, 2005 under the direction of Habib Azar. 
Characters

CASTING

3m, 2f, 2m or f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

Gorilla Man is typically performed with one live pianist and one live drummer, who also serve as narrators. 

CHORUS SIZE

Small

BILLY (14 years old)
MOTHER/BACKUP SINGER
FORTUNE TELLER/ALICE/BACKUP SINGER
TRUCK DRIVER/POLITICIAN/PRISON GUARD
THE GORILLA MAN
PIANO PLAYER (a Narrator)
DRUMMER (another Narrator)
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

MUSICAL STYLE

Pop/Rock

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

Piano/Vocal Score
Song Samples

"Gorilla Man"

"I Never Thought"

"The Fabulous Entourage - Lying Song"

Author
Kyle Jarrow

Kyle Jarrow

Kyle Jarrow is a writer and musician based in Brooklyn. He writes for the stage as well as film and television and he plays in the rock band Sky-Pony. He won an OBIE Award at age 24 for his Off-Broadway hit play A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, which has subsequently been produced all over the country. Kyle wrote the film Armless, adapted from his play of the same name, ... view full profile

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