Why See Both Sides of a Famous Love Affair: The Jackie Mason Musical?
Nothing Is Stranger Or Funnier Than The Truth!
Starring Jackie Masons real-life daughter Comedian Sheba Mason, David R. Gordon as Jackie Mason, and a cast of OffBeat characters, this unique OffBroadway show is coming to the Chicago area for a limited run at The Skokie Theater. The critics called it "Astonishing, Hilarious..with Terrific Musical Numbers". The musical's original score, written by Ginger Reiter, the woman in the eye of this comedic storm includes "Ode to the Early Bird Special" and "I Never Met This Yenta".
What Is The Jackie Mason Musical About?
The story begins at The Rascal House Deli on Miami's Collins Avenue in 1977, where Mason - a renowned 46 year old comedian, spots a pretty young college girl, Ginger (played by Sheba Mason), among the pickles and cole slaw. Along for the ride is her overbearing mother, Mrs. Olivier, who engineers the entire affair - even down to a black negligee. Romance does bloom, and Mason woo Ginger each time he visits South Florida. The problem is that Jackie is pursuing several other women at the same time, including a ravishing young Latina waitress, Trixie, and Rosa, a sassy mature waitress with attitude. Ginger becomes pregnant, Jackie denies his paternity while still sleeping with her and her baby bump, and a complicated relationship ensues.
Did You Know?
Sheba Mason is a comedian in her own right performing in comedy clubs throughout the country.
Opening night: 12 October 2017
Recommended for ages 12+
One hour and 30 minutes plus an intermission
Cast and Creative
David R.Gordon as Jackie Mason
Sheba Mason as Ginger
Zach Tabor as Wooley the Schlepalong
Coleen Tutton as Mrs. Olivier
Julia Gorban as Trixie
Coco Kasperowicz as Rosa
Jaron Bellar as Nelson Zee
Book, Music & Lyrics by Ginger Reiter
Inspired by Reiter's objective admiration for the comedy genius of Jackie Mason
Orchestrations by Ike Reeves
Directed by Gaby Offenbach
Choreography by Lara Clear
Scenic Design by GarageSale Joe
Costume Design by Maria Hernandez
Sound Design by Ian Wehrle
Lighting Design by Preston Bircher
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