Photo By John Brandon
Jenny Larsen, left, Mark Fossen and Natalie Bruner-Wilhelm star in "Revenge of Yoga the Musical."

Those of you who missed SB Dance's foray into musical theater with last year's, "Yoga the Musical" won't be left out in the cold when the sequel, "Revenge of Yoga the Musical," hits the Jeanne Wagner Theatre. Although "Yoga the Musical" ended in a cliffhanger, the first act of "Revenge " will be a sort of review.

"We're not doing a Steven Spielberg or George Lucas," said artistic director Stephen Brown during an interview before rehearsals. "We're changing some things around, and we rewrote and modified the first act so it's actually a recap of the first production.

"There are some little things that were changed," he said. "I redid things I didn't like about the first production and changed some characters to the extent that they are evolving. So the first act will basically have the same plot line as the first production, and the second act will be the conclusion, which we promised would happen this year."

Brown said he always wanted to do a two-parter when it came to his satirical "Yoga" saga.

"I thought if it was good then I'd do another," he said. "And that brings us to where we are now."

The story revolves around Frankie (Paul Mulder), who bootlegs and markets the 3,000-year-old spiritual practice of yoga; a yoga guru named Danny (Mark Fossen) and his competition, Jackti (Ashely Skyie); Frankie's ex-wife Sheila (Kim Lynn) and ex-lawyer-cum-yoga-disciple Henri (Nathan Shaw), among others.

Mulder, Lynn and Shaw are returning to their roles, but Fossen and Skyie are stepping into roles originally performed by James Dale and Natosha Washington, respectively.

"We had to make some changes because of prior commitments and pregnancies," Brown said. "But the new actors/dancers/singers are doing just fine."

Other changes in the program include new music by Jimmy Fassler and Jeffrey Price. The original score was composed by Riklin Nobis and Fassler, Brown said.

"Rik's still a part of the process, but he didn't compose new music."

And Brown turned to director Larry West to lead this cast into the new production.

"I directed last year and decided it was time for a new approach," he said.

Brown got the idea of his "Yoga" saga by observing the American way of life, he said.

"We can market anything in America," said Brown, who is also a yoga teacher and practitioner. "Yoga started as a spiritual practice, a sacred practice, and now it is packaged and sold like any other item that consumers want.

"The idea from the musicals came about because of the absurdity of these people getting involved in yoga, not for spiritual purpose, but because it's the 'in-thing to do.'

"You look around and there is not limit to the breaking down and selling of yoga."


If you go . . .

What: Revenge of Yoga the Musical, SB Dance

Where: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South

When: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; June 13-14, 8 p.m.; June 15, 4 p.m.

How much: $30

Phone: 355-2787, 888-451-2787

Web: www.arttix.org


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