JUNK on Playbill.com!

Check out Playbill’s online coverage of
MORE Pieces of JUNK at Joe’s Pub!

Read the article HERE
By Michael Gioia
07 Apr 2013

Junk: A Rock Opera, a new work by Swedish pop band Brainpool that was seen in a sold-out Joe’s Pub concert in January, returns to the Manhattan venue April 7 with new songs and orchestrations.

The work, directed by Shakina Nayfack with musical direction by Jeremy Robin Lyons, was also seen at the Malmö Symphonic Orchestra in Sweden as well as in an extended Los Angeles workshop.

Set to begin at 9:30 PM, the cast includes Katrina Rose Dideriksen (Pregnancy Pact, Bloodsong of Love), Anastacia McCleskey (Hair, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Tarzan) Ashkon Davaran, Dan Domenech (Rock of Ages), Freddie Kimmel (Superfly), Paul Louis Lessard, Lauren Marcus, Natalie Wachen, Sarah Cetrulo, Katie Lee Hill, Will Roland and Justin Figueroa.

Junk is, according to director Nayfack, “part social satire, part love story, and part existential allegory. The show takes place in a near-future urban wasteland run by Junk Incorporated. Anna, a Junk employee, dreams of starting a revolution with her all-girl rock band, the MetroJets.”

The band features Mike Rosengarten (guitar), Christopher Bastian (bass), Jeff Roberts (drums) and Kelly Thomas (keys).

Brainpool, whose members include Christoffer Lundquist, David Birde and Jens Jansson, originally released Junk – A Rock Opera as a double-disc concept album on Playground Records in 2004. The show premiered in concert with the Malmö Symphonic Orchestra in Sweden in 2005, and is currently being developed for theatrical production with director Nayfack, who has also worked with the band to expand the libretto and score since its 2007 Los Angeles workshop.

Shakina Nayfack and Megan Savage are co-producing.

Joe’s Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit JoesPub.com.

MORE pieces of JUNK at Joe’s Pub!

After a standing-room-only concert in January, JUNK: A Rock Opera will be back at Joe’s Pub with some of Broadway’s hottest rockers singing more hits from the show, including a bunch of new songs you didn’t get to hear last time!

Sunday, April 7
9:30PM
$15
Get your tickets HERE!

Full cast to be announced soon!

Directed by Shakina Nayfack, Musical Direction by Jeremy Robin Lyons.

JUNK at Joe’s Pub!

 GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

JUNKatJoesPub

 GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

AND CHECK US OUT ON PLAYBILL AND BROADWAY WORLD!

After a premiere concert with the Malmö Symphonic Orchestra in Sweden and an extended Los Angeles workshop production, JUNK: A Rock Opera will be playing a one-night-only concert at Joe’s Pub featuring some of Broadway’s hottest rockers. Adapted from the epic concept album by Swedish post-punk pop band Brainpool (Christoffer Lundquist, David Birde, Jens Jannson), and featuring new material written with director Shakina Nayfack, this late-night show will introduce New Yorkers to highlights of JUNK’s unforgettable score.  Visceral and irreverent, JUNK sets the stage for a populist glam renaissance that will rock the future of musical theater.

Featuring Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, Passing Strange), Tony Vincent (American Idiot, Jesus Christ Superstar), Dan Domenech (Rock of Ages), Alysha Umphress (American Idiot, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Katrina Rose Dideriksen (Pregnancy Pact, Bloodsong of Love), Chrsitina Sajous (Forever Dusty, American Idiot), Miguel Cervantes (Giant, American Idiot), Freddie Kimmel (Superfly), Jeremy Morse (The Trouble with Doug, Bloodsong of Love), Mike Backes (Jersey Boys Las Vegas), Paul Louis Lessard, Frank Viveros, Ashley Rose, Onyie Nwachukwu and special guest SF Bay Area superstar Ashkon Davaran!

Directed by Shakina Nayfack, musical direction by Jeremy Robin Lyons (piano), with Austin Moorhead (guitar), Christopher Bastian (bass), Jeff Roberts (drums), Renia Shukis (volin), and Bjorn Berkhout (cello).

JUNK is, according to director Shakina Nayfack, ‘part social satire, part love story, and part existential allegory.’ It’s also an exciting and tuneful rock opera, which has ‘cult hit’ written all over it.”
–Steven Stanley, LA Stage Scene

JUNK: A Rock Opera sounds like the perfect collision of David Bowie, The Who, The Clash, Pink Floyd, Roxy Music, and T. Rex. The songs are so catchy it should be illegal, the production is huge, and the record guaranteed to change your mind about where rock music is going.”
–cdbaby.com

JUNK at the National Opera Center

Epic Megalopolis Productions presents concert readings of Swedish pop band Brainpool’s new rock opera Junk Nov. 17 and 19 at the National Opera Center in New York City.

The work, under the musical direction of Jeremy Lyons, is the first rock opera presented in the new recital hall opened by Opera America earlier this year, a venue dedicated to supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera.

The cast includes Katrina Rose Dideriksen (The Pregnancy Pact, Bloodsong of Love) as Anna, Freddie Kimmel (Superfly) as Ernie, Mike Backes (Jersey Boys Las Vegas) as Max, Maria-Christina Oliveras (Here Lies Love, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) as Martina, Kate Loprest (Wonderland, Xanadu, Hairspray) and Mary-Kate Morrissey (Hair national tour) as the MetroJets, Jordan Scott Gilbert as Hannes, Paul Louis Lessard as Kioko and Ian Joseph and Frank Viveros as The Attendants.

The story of Junk, according to production notes, “takes place in a near-future urban wasteland run by Junk Incorporated. Anna, a Junk employee, dreams of starting a revolution with her all-girl rock band, the MetroJets. Her ambitions are thwarted when she finds herself caught in a dangerous love triangle between her boss, Ernie, who owns the last nightclub in the city, and the office janitor, Max, who wants to help her escape the drudges of corporate life.”

Brainpool, whose members include Christoffer Lundquist, David Birde and Jens Jansson, originally released Junk – A Rock Opera as a double-disc concept album on Playground Records in 2004. The show premiered in concert with the Malmö Symphonic Orchestra in Sweden in 2005, and is currently being developed for theatrical production with director Shakina Nayfack, who has also worked with the band to expand the libretto and score since its 2007 Los Angeles workshop.

Readings are held Nov. 17 at 8 PM and Nov. 19 at 7 PM. The Nov. 17 concert is sold out, but there is a waiting list. The National Opera Center is located at 330 7th Avenue, 7th floor. For ticket information, contact Epic Megalopolis Productions at info@epicmegapro.com.

Epic Megalopolis Productions was formed in 2006 by Shakina Nayfack and Joseph Yoshitomi to “support the development of new work for the stage and to produce innovative and socially relevant material for a new generation of theatergoers.”