What is Lysistrata Jones About?

The Athens University basketball team hasn’t won a game in 30 years. But when spunky transfer student Lysistrata Jones dares the squad’s fed-up girlfriends to stop “giving it up” to their boyfriends until they win a game, their legendary losing streak could be coming to an end. In this boisterous new pop musical comedy, Lyssie J. and her girl-power posse give Aristophanes’ classic comedy a sexy, modern twist and take student activism to a whole new level.

Who was part of the Original Broadway Production?

The book is by two-time Tony Award® nominee Douglas Carter Beane (Sister Act) and the composer/lyricist is Lewis Flinn (The Divine Sister). Tony® nominee Dan Knechtges (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) was the director and the choreographer. LYSISTRATA JONES starred Patti Murin, Josh Segarra, Jason Tam, Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Alexander Aguilar, Ato Blankson-Wood, Katie Boren, Kat Nejat, LaQuet Sharnell, Teddy Toye, Alex Wyse and Liz Mikel.

Where has Lysistrata Jones played?

LJ played on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theater in 2011-12, coming straight from the critically acclaimed Transport Group production at The Gym at Judson in Greenwich Village (2011). It also played in Dallas, where it was known as Give It Up.  The show made it’s Chicago debut at the O’Malley Theatre in November, 2012 by The Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University.

Is it appropriate for children?

Yes, but it may be inappropriate for kids 6 and under. It’s “PG” rated: There is no strong language or nudity; the subject matter includes sexual innuendo, but nothing overt.

I’m not familiar with the work of Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn. Would I like LYSISTRATA JONES?

If you enjoy hilarious, witty, imaginative and urbane musicals with fun, catchy melodies, you will love LYSISTRATA JONES.  You can learn more about Lewis Flinn at lewisflinn.com

How long is the show?

The show runs about 2 hours and 10 minutes.

How’d the name Lyssie J — come about?

Doug always spoke of Lysse  — with no nickname – as Lysistrata Jones. He even had a file with the full name on his computer.  When Paul Downs Colaizzo came on board as associate writer of Sister Act every time he’d see the file on Doug’s Computer he’d shout out “Lyssie J!” Paul’s cool like that. The next time Doug did some writing on the show, he unintentionally had another Character call her Lyssie J — and there were are.

What is the Lysistrata Jones: Varsity Edition?

The Varsity Edition will be a high school-friendly edition of the Broadway comedy.  It will features some changes to the script/score to reflect age-appropriate language, content and movement.  The Varsity Edition is not available yet – check back in a few months to check on the status.

How do I ask a question?

You can contact us at LyssieJBroadway@gmail.com .