THE BAD IDEAS OF JACK ANDREWS
Book and Lyrics by Seth Christenfeld
Music by Joseph Trefler
Night and rain and neon lights. A dead man lies on the floor of a bar, somewhere in the bad part of town. And now, he's gonna tell you how he ended up there. It's the story of a private eye, a femme fatale, and a whole lot of bad ideas.
The Bad Ideas of Jack Andrews is a darkly comic noirsical for three actors. The assignment was to take the nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill," which has a beginning and an end but no middle, and turn it into a ten-minute musical with a complete story. We adapted it loosely--very loosely.
The Bad Ideas of Jack Andrews was initially conceived and developed at NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
A revised version was a finalist for the 2014 Davenport Ten-Minute Play Contest. As part of the competition, the show had a staged reading at the Davenport Theatre on July 31st, 2014. The director was Jenny Leon, the music director was Britt Bonney, and the cast was as follows:
Jack: Sam Prince
Jill: Olivia Gjurich
Rick: Richard Binder
Sung by David Bryant Johnson