Theater Review: Atlantic Stage's Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls -
Paul Grimshaw, for Weekly Surge/Sun News.
First things first: Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls with music by Mark Hollmann, book by Adrien Royce, and directed by John Woodson, is a ton of fun - you should really see it. And not just because the singing from the cast is top notch, and not just because this is a workshop production and a chance to witness the birth of a new musical, and not just because the score was written by a Tony Award-winning composer, but because it's really, really fun.
High marks and due praise go to Hollmann, the aforementioned Tony winner, who wrote 22 songs for this quirky production that never fail to entertain. In fact, at less than two hours, this musical is so chock full of music it's almost a pop-rock opera - you could hear Andrew Lloyd Webber humming along in the wings. With well-crafted songs, simple but mostly effective sets, and Music Director Steven Gross's orchestrations and pitch-perfect live orchestra, chances are musical theater lovers will love it too. But be forewarned, with a few F-bombs dropped, and mature subject matter such as contraceptives, this show is not appropriate for children.
...Shannon Burke, as the angst-ridden hyperactive show's lead, Bernie Bernstein, is a spitfire. She's tomboyish, lovable, neurotic, and she sings her ass off. Caleb Jernigan, as the radical Rudy Guevara, is tall, handsome, and ready for the big stage - the kid has pipes, as does Ryan Shaefer, who plays the gender-bending Maximum Grey.
...Royce has a long resume as an actress and writer, and offers great wit in what is essentially a dark tragic comedy. What little dialog there is between songs is sardonic, and really very funny . . .So if conspiracy theories, corrupt big medicine types, Bigfoot enthusiasts, home-grown radicals, and soul-searching characters (who sing and dance), are your cup of tea, then don't miss this opportunity to see first in Myrtle Beach what may one day be a Broadway hit.