Bastard Jones!

12 06 2017

I am thrilled to announce my next project! It’s called Bastard Jones! It’s the world premiere of a new rock musical by Marc Acito and Amy Englehardt.

Its a very funny, rollicking adventure based on Henry Fielding’s subversive 18th century novel “The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling” and features a diverse and exciting cast. And 100 percent of ticket sales will be helping a very worthy charity which helps homeless LGBTQ youths. More on that below!

BASTARD JONES runs June 14 (Flag Day) to July 14 (Bastille Day); Tuesday – Thursday & Saturday at 8pm and Friday at 7 & 10 pm. Tickets are $40, available at 800-838-3006 or

(Email me if you want the friends and family discount!)

For those who don’t remember reading the book in school, or watching the legendary Albert Finney movie, Tom Jones is a rollicking adventure of deception, misunderstanding and bed-hopping.

The story follows Tom Jones, a charmer with a heart of gold but who’s looking for love in all the wrong places. Tom gets banished from the only home he knows simply for expressing his true self, leading him to a series of adventures, including conscription in the army, a half-naked romp at a country inn and a stint as the boy-toy to a manipulative aristocrat.


Bastard Jones will be directed by Marc Acito and will be performed at The Cell Theater, 338 West 23rd Street.  With music and lyrics by Amy Engelhardt and lyrics and book by Marc Acito, this production is a ribald, hilarious look at the meaning of virtue and goodness. The show is funny, y’all! The music is terrific, and the inventive choreography by Joe Barros is exciting. I’m so trilled about having an opportunity to play Squire Allworthy, Tom’s well-meaning adopted father!

Marc Acito, who wrote the best-selling comic novel “How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater,” is coming to this project fresh on the heels of the Broadway hit “Allegiance” for which he wrote the book.

Amy Englehardt, an award-winning songwriter, is a multi-talented composer, lyricist and educator who spent many years as a singer with, and a principal arranger for, the vocal group The Bobs.

Joe Barros is a New York-based stage director and award-winning choreographer with an emphasis on new work development.

nancy manocherian’s the cell is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the incubation and presentation of new works by emerging artists.



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