If you’ve always felt that there was something amiss about the Broadway theatre scene, it could be because the characters all have one general commonality: they’re all singing about where you’re sitting. Whether it’s “millions of people, living on Christopher Street,” “the part of old New York that runs into Times Square,” or virtually any other classic Broadway tune, the characters are undeniably singing about where they’re at. And why wouldn’t they? To be on the top of the peach pile is a pretty sweet deal indeed.
Brooklyn area singer/songwriters are biting back. Brooklyn has become in recent years so much more a part of the cultural/creative landscape than so much of what’s come from Manhattan that Brooklyn transplant (via Vancouver) Daniel Mate has pulled together some of the Brooklyn elite to do songs about the borough.
While you may miss the “Brooklyn’s Got Character,” event happening at Galapagos Art Space on September 27th, don’t put your viewing glasses away just yet. Mate and his direction could spark on a whole new breed of neighborhood pride musical.
Songs happening at Brooklyn’s Got Character, according to Brooklyn Paper (1), include “songs about a Coney Island sideshow freak; a Puerto Rican go-go dancer in Crown Heights; a Pakistani pet shop owner in Brooklyn Heights; and an eccentric Prospect Heights ophthalmologist.” And that’s just some of the songs being sung by local area artists.
Mate also tells Brooklyn Paper, “This is a borough full of characters who are out there, loud, self-expressed, and uninhibited. I thought, if I can sic some writers on this borough, it would be a really cool exercise.”
Look for more from this promising young director and his all-out love of the borough of Brooklyn.