I had the pleasure of seeing the opening of HoneyBeeLujah!
at Joe’s Pub, this past Sunday, May 4, 2014.
DO NOT HESITATE–FLY TO SEE IT AND EXPERIENCE IT.
Reverend Billy & the Church of Stop Shopping, under the direction of Savitri D, have skillfully, successfully and hilariously
blurred lines between performance art and activism (which my hubby aptly observed upon the first emailing I received about HoneyBeeLujah!). I’m a colleague of RevBill. We had back-to-back netcast time slots at Pseudo back-in-the-day, and both he and Savitri D very kindly beamed themselves in to my classroom via Skype as guest speakers in a Freshman Media Studies 101 class I taught. I’m also a friend, convert and follower of this particularly unique “ministry”.
“That Damned Convenience!”
From the Promised Land gospel-inspired opening number The Not Buying it Band delivers. Followed by Shopocalypse, honed over many years of activism (and arrests!) which never disappoints, and as it escalates, the energy in the room gets palpably electric. Then, apparition-like, the signature white suit and hair begin to appear off-stage within the audience–spotlight on—he’s here!
I absolutely loved the moment when, to me, Shopocalypse hinted at the theme music from The Gong Show and the chaotic transition to the Rev. Billy/Singing Welcome began, which I captured and share here:
And that, my friends, is just the beginning…Earthaluia!
I will not review the show further, it has to be experienced first-hand, suffice to ask these rhetorical questions:
HOW on earth do they fit 45 people on the stage at Joe’s Pub without it appearing circus-like?
HOW can this cast make an original song titled Flying–which describes pollination with a sub-text advocating activism to save the honeybee from extinction–sound as sexy as a 60’s samba sung by Astrud Gilberto?!
I’d say it’s a miracle, but that would take away from it.
THE REAL TAKEWAY: TO THE BOOK OF MORMON on Broadway–LOOK OUT.