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Former Sanmiguelense Seth Sharp Returns to Premiere New Rock Musical

By Fredric Dannen

Imagine for the sake of whimsy that Jesus’s DNA has been extracted from his burial shroud, the Shroud of Turin, cloned by nuclear transfer, like the real-life Dolly the Sheep or the fictitious dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, and is brought back to life in some near-future dystopia.

In his new incarnation, Jesus is a musical entertainer backed by a rock band called The Disciples. He befriends a cloned version of Marilyn Monroe and finds himself at odds with the cynical female industrialist behind the cloning scheme.

That is the premise of Souled Out, a new rock musical with a book by Seth Sharp and Lynn Rawden and 14 original songs by Sharp. This musical, whose irreverent tagline is “Have Faith, the Second Coming Will Rock,” will have its world premiere here in five performances at the San Miguel Playhouse.

The show runs from Wednesday, April 10, through Sunday, April 14, with all shows at 7pm except the Sunday show, a 3pm matinee.

Sharp, a former resident of San Miguel de Allende, led the popular local rock band The Sharpies and acted and sang in numerous theatrical productions in town, including a well-attended run of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in early 2011. He’s been absent from San Miguel for several years, and the show marks not only his character’s comeback but Sharp’s own.

Rawden, a graphic designer, was producer of Sharp’s Hedwig production, which ran at the Santa Ana Theater. For Souled Out, she has recruited the director John Morrow, who also directed Hedwig. French-Canadian actress and dancer Valérie Fortin will be making her San Miguel Playhouse debut as Marilyn Monroe, and Crystal Calderoni plays Luci, the power-mad industrialist. The Disciples, an actual rock band assembled for the show, features Alex Martin on guitar, Rodney Evans on drums, Kate Lowenstein on keyboards, and DJ Ali Agus. Sharp composed the show’s 14 songs in styles as varied as 80s synthpop, indie rock, Beatles-style frothy pop, cabaret, punk, and anthem rock.

Souled Out will be the second new musical to have its world premiere at the San Miguel Playhouse this year, coming just two months after Ken and Wendy Bichel’s Bikers in Camelot. The San Miguel Playhouse is located at Avenida Independencia 82 and features secured free parking and taxi-concierge service.

Reserved-seat tickets are 400 pesos for the center section and 300 pesos for the side sections. Buy them at Boleto City, on the Mercado Sano’s  second floor, Ancha de San Antonio 123, Monday–Saturday, 11am–5pm. Online e-tickets can be purchased via boletocity.com for US$20.75 for the center section (plus a $2.03 per ticket processing fee), or $15.50 for the side sections (plus a $1.78 fee).

 

Theater

Souled Out: “An Original Rocktacular Play”

Wed–Sat, Apr 10–13, 7pm

Sun, Apr 14, 3pm

San Miguel Playhouse

Av Independencia 82

Reserved-seat tickets:

400 and 300 pesos

Tickets: Boleto City, Mercado Sano

 

 

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