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ONE NIGHT ONLY! After spellbinding audiences in a decade of sold-out runs, creator and star Jake Broder is bringing his critically acclaimed international success HIS ROYAL HIPNESS LORD BUCKLEY back to Sacred Fools for one night only before a month long run at 59e59 in New York City!
In LORD BUCKLEY, along with a jazz trio featuring Derek Yellin, Geoff Rakness and Mark San Filippo, Jake Broder (“Mozart” in Sir Peter Hall’s Broadway and West End productions of AMADEUS) exquisitely re-incarnates Lord Buckley. Along with featured actor Mike Lanahan, Broder transports the audience back to an exciting reimagining of a Buckley performance, a swirling mix of comedy, be-bop and cabaret. TimeOut London raved, “Broder is possessed by the ghost of Lord Buckley and takes you on a sonic adventure through the prairies of his delirious mind… Like the man says, ‘Believe – it’ll blow your wig away!’”
“The mesmerizing Jake Broder incarnates the nineteen-fifties cult lounge performer Lord Buckley on a headlong ride through the late beat philosopher’s oeuvre…The actor’s ardent delivery produces the sensation of giddy free fall...” –The New Yorker
“…video of Buckley's act is scarce, but Jake Broder offers the next best thing with his performance… Backed by a jazz trio and hewing closely to Buckley's material, he faithfully recreates a performance.” –The New York Times
Who was Lord Buckley?
As the 2005 New York Times review said, Buckley “may have been the hippest man who ever lived…a Californian ex-lumberjack who invented an unlikely persona that was part English royalty, part Dizzy Gillespie.” In his performances, Buckley retold classic tales ranging from the story of Jesus of Nazareth (“The Nazz”) to Abraham “Lanky Linc” Lincoln’s Gettysburg address in his original “hipsemantic.” This largely forgotten counter-culture icon of the 1940’s and 50’s was arguably the granddaddy of American comedy, doing for comedy what Elvis did for music. His work inspired Robin Williams, Johnny Depp, Whoopi Goldberg, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan and Ken Kesey.
Jake Broder - Lord Buckley
Michael Lanahan - Ensemble
Derek Yellin - Piano
Geoff Rakness - Bass
Mark San Filippo - Drums
Producer - North Coast Repertory Theatre
Stage Manager / Technical Crew - Heatherlynn Gonzalez
Performance rights granted by Lady Laurie Lord Buckley
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