“Jamba Juice The Musical” — Juicy Enough and No Lemon

By Ernest Kearney — Jamba Juice The Musical is a rough, toe-tapping little ditty, a kind of “Hey, I’ve got a barn” musical only without the “barn.” In other words, it’s perfect for the Fringe. Produced and starring Spence Frankeberger, the Fringe’s very own George M. Cohan the Barbarian, the show on stage at Studio C for HFF19,  is a by the numbers boy (Frankeberger) meets girl (Olga Desyatnik) story complete with villain (Francesca Reggio) and dopey best friend (Jack De Sanz).

There are really no surprises here except the tunes by Mia Cotton (with additional music and lyrics by Frankeberger, Nick Wuthrich and Katie Dembesky) which are very solid and…well toe-tapping and Spence provides his fine voice to the tunes.

Roe Moore directs and Zoe Farmingdale provides choreography. Jamba Juice The Musical won’t be winning a Tony, but I’ll gladly give it –Silver Medal (via The TVolution)

A SILVER MEDAL.

(See ya next year, Spence.)


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Jamba Juice: The Musical

playing during The Fringe at

Studio C (Studio C)

6448 Santa Monica Blvd.

For Complete Show Information: http://hff19.org/6255

 

For Events, Plays and Other Fun Fringe News and Info: https://www.hollywoodfringe.org/


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An award-winning L.A. playwright and rabble-rouser of note who has hoisted glasses with Orson Welles, been arrested on three continents and once beat up Charlie Manson. His first play, "Among the Vipers" was a semi-finalist in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition and was featured in the Carnegie-Mellon Showcase of New Plays. It was produced at the NPT Theater in Ashland, Oregon and Los Angeles’ celebrated Odyssey Ensemble Theatre. His following play, “The Little Boy Who Loved Monsters” was produced at The Hollywood Actors Theater, where he earned praise from the Los Angeles Times for his “…inordinately creative writing.” The play went on to numerous other productions including Berlin’s The Black Theatre under the direction of Rainer Fassbinder who wrote in his program notes of Kearney, “He is a skilled playwright, but more importantly he is a dangerous one.” Ernest Kearney has worked as literary manager or as dramaturge for among others The Hudson Theater Guild, Nova Diem and the Odyssey Ensemble Theatre, where he still serves on the play selection committee. He has been the recipient of two Dramalogue Awards and a finalist or semi-finalist, three times, in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition. His work has been performed by Michael Dunn, Sandra Tsing Loh, Jack Colvin and Billy Bob Thornton, and to date, either as playwright or director, he has upwards of a hundred and thirty productions under his belt, including a few at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater as puppeteer. After a wild and misspent youth, which lasted well into middle age, Kearney has settled down and is focusing on his writing, as well as living happily ever after with his lovely wife Marlene. Ernest’s stage reviews and social essays can be found at TheTVolution.com and workingauthor.com. Follow him on Facebook.

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