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What happens when society crumbles? 1917-2017: Tychyna, Zhadan, and the Dogs is a reminder to reflect on our past as we contemplate our ways forward. The show is filled with music and poetry transformed into scenes, action, and projections. Is there a ray of hope? 1917-2017 is based on poetry by Pavlo Tychyna and Serhiy Zhadan as well as songs by the rock group Zhadan and the Dogs.
A richly textured evocation of New York City as it absorbed wave upon wave of Jewish immigrants from 1897 through the 1940s, Amerike – The Golden Land features Glenn Seven Allen (The Light in the Piazza), Alexandra Frohlinger (Soul Doctor), and others. With a score that weaves in popular period songs heard on the radio and in the theaters along Second Avenue, the show re-creates an authentic soundscape of New York's Lower East Side and of the outer-borough neighborhoods to which the Jewish population gravitated. Its book incorporates the stories and observations of real-life immigrants collected by Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld — people who, like the vast majority of American immigrants, faced the heartbreak of starting over and the challenges of confronting poverty and racism, both abroad and in their new home.
The Public Theater kicks off its 2017-18 season with a free Public Works musical reworking of As You Like It, adapted by director Laurie Woolery and composer-lyricist Shaina Taub. Two hundred community members and professional actors perform together in this immersive dreamlike tale of faithful friends, feuding families, and lovers in disguise. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind, and his niece Celia escape to the Forest of Arden, a fantastical place of transformation, where all are welcomed and embraced. Lost amid the trees, the refugees find community and acceptance under the stars.
A carnival ride through the history of political violence, Sondheim and Weidman's 1990 musical Assassins looks right into the heart of American anger, providing a series of showstoppers for a gallery of U.S. presidential assassins ranging from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald to Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme.
When the soul of Elvis returns to Earth and inhabits the body of the most famous rock star in history, he tells his disciples that to bring peace to the planet we must all unite as one — and to do that the entire human race must impersonate Elvis. Satirizing everything from idol worship to people who have experienced actual healing by their faith in Elvis, Attack of the Elvis Impersonators makes audiences howl (like a canine) as it converts them to Hound Dog, the new religion of peace.
Part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart, Avenue Q is still the funniest and freshest show in New York City! This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Still, the neighbors seem nice. He meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (the slut), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the pervert), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman), and other new friends! Together they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
Harlem Blues Project specializes in soulful New York blues with a twist! The band features blues masters Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack, and Barry Harrison, plus a revolving cast of NYC's finest blues musicians, including Bill Sims Jr., Michael Hill, Irving Louis Lattin, and Solomon Hicks.
This rollicking musical tells the tale of Backbeard, the hairiest pirate who ever lived and his quest to answer the question, "How should a pirate look?" When a rowdy birthday party ruins his clothes, a pair of persuasive tailors convince him to try a vibrant new outfit of patterned trousers, a colorful coat, and a pig. Now the fearsome pirate must face his greatest challenges: winning the acceptance of the Pirate Council, the townspeople, and even his own crew in a high-spirited story of courage, acceptance, and standing up for who you are.
All aboard for a Western musical adventure the likes of which you've never experienced! As a wanted woman of mythic proportions looking to begin life anew out west, Bella takes us on the trip of a lifetime to escape her scandalous past and bounce into the arms of her waiting Buffalo Soldier. Rowdy, wild, and hilarious, Kirsten Childs (Bubbly Black Girl…) infuses this tall tale with soulful tunes and madcap antics aplenty. Giddyup to this get-down!
Before Liberace entered the world of glitz and glamour, the legendary showman crossed paths with history's most notorious gangster and his girlfriend, forming a unique bond. Featuring a lavish original score, this world premiere musical explores the phantasmagorical life of the iconic performer and his nearly career-shattering struggle to maintain privacy with respect to his sexual orientation. Friendship, love, and the quest for redemption play out for one of showbiz's most unique trios in the telling of this remarkable story.
In this explosive musical about a collision of cultures that redefines the American family, a transgender man from Afghanistan emigrates to North Carolina at the height of the Afghan War. Iphis sees his world reflected through the contrasting lenses of a conservative foster parent, a drag queen roommate, a young student, and the fearless mother who raised him. The Body Politic became the first musical in American history to be performed for a state legislature when it was presented last year in protest against North Carolina's "bathroom bill."
The Boy Who Danced on Air is a modern-day love story set in rural Afghanistan. Paiman and Feda have spent their young lives as dancers in the world of bacha bazi, where wealthy men take in boys from poor families, train them to dance at parties, and often abuse them. The two boys' chance meeting changes the course of their lives and sets them on a journey to find their independence in this musical fable about love, tradition, morality, and the strength of the human spirit.
Kirsten Childs' 2000 autobiographical show The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin follows a young woman from Los Angeles as she finds her way from dutiful suburban daughter to Broadway dancer, all while navigating the politics of race and gender on a journey to find her own identity.
In 897 A.D., Pope Stephen VII dug up the rotting corpse of his predecessor, Pope Formosus, and placed it on trial in front of the entire Roman Senate, clergy, and aristocracy. After screaming at it for hours, Stephen had the body dismembered, disrobed, and thrown in the Tiber River. Why would he do this? Come see composer-lyricist Robbie Florian's answer to that question! Brought to life with a sensuous mix of pope-punk, Catholic pop, and inarguably melodic ecclesiastical mandible-flappings, the trial of the ninth century awaits you.
Cagney, a dramatic new musical, follows the life of the legendary James Cagney from the streets of New York to his rise as one of the brightest stars of Hollywood, from a vaudeville song-and-dance man to the cinema's original tough guy. Broadway's Robert Creighton leads a cast of six who tap dance through a score that blends original music with classic George M. Cohan favorites: "Give My Regards to Broadway," "You're a Grand Old Flag," and "Yankee Doodle Dandy."
The Metropolitan Room welcomes back Michelle DellaFave in her new show Cool Burn. DellaFave's music covers her many years working on The Dean Martin Show and recalls the great solo artists of the 1950s and '60s. She's accompanied by the Richie Vitale Quartet. As musical director, Richie (formerly with Frank Sinatra) creates arrangements that deliver an eclectic mixture of standards, pop, and jazz. As Dean Martin himself said, "This girl can sing!"
Starring Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel (Honeymoon in Vegas) as Curvy Widow, this sassy, frank, and witty new musical comedy takes audiences through the semiautobiographical adventures of a gutsy, recently widowed 50-something woman as she immerses herself in the modern dating scene. From exploring internet personal ads and surviving hilarious first dates to weighing the pros and cons of married vs. unmarried men, this widow romps her way through it all with humor and perseverance, discovering unexpected truths about love, life, and sex as she goes. Alongside dramatis personae including best friends, a dead husband, and potential suitors, Curvy learns the hard way what it means to start life over in the modern age.
With what magic they can muster, an outcast troupe of players reinvents Oscar Wilde's 1890 tale of the young and mysterious Dorian Gray. Gray's dashing looks are captured in a single portrait that allows him to remain young and untouched as he spirals into a lifestyle of dark secrets and dangerous indulgences. Featuring a haunting and romantic score, Dorian Gray asks this question: Do our sins define our true nature, or are we damned by ignorance and mediocrity?
Twelve iconic divas wrapped into one! This versatile, rambunctious show features live vocals and onstage costume changes. New York's Dorothy Bishop pays hilarious, loving tribute to performers from Cher and Madonna to Stevie Nicks and opera star Renée Fleming.
Nominated for Best Tribute Show by the Manhattan Association of Cabaret in 2015!
Ernest Shackleton Loves Me is a wildly inventive musical adventure that tells the story of a sleep-deprived single mom who struggles to balance her family and career as a video game music composer. Late one night, while posting a dating video, she receives an unexpected response from the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922), one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th century. Shipwrecked and stranded on an iceberg in the Antarctic, Shackleton reaches across space and time and shares his heroic journey with her. Against all odds, they discover that their greatest inspiration lies within each other.
Starring GrooveLily's fierce electro-violinist Val Vigoda (Striking 12) and the charismatic Wade McCollum (Wicked), Ernest Shackleton Loves Me is helmed by Obie Award-winning director Lisa Peterson and written by Tony winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis), with music composed by Brendan Milburn, lyrics by Vigoda, production design by Alexander V. Nichols (Nice Work If You Can Get It), costume design by Chelsea Cook, sound design by Tony winner Rob Kaplowitz (Fela!), and music direction and orchestrations by Ryan O'Connell.
Cuba, 1958: Revolution is in the air! In his final year, Errol Flynn has one last adventure. The dashing star of so many Hollywood blockbusters yearns to be a real hero, and Fidel Castro fits the bill. What Fidel craves is fame, and who better than Errol to show him how to get it? At the height of the revolution, an explosive encounter beckons — fueled by envy, lust, and vanity — with a mysterious woman calling the tune. Or could the CIA really be pulling the strings?
Who knew revolution could be so much fun?
This funny boy-meets-girl musical, with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, recently celebrated 20,000 performances in New York City. The Fantasticks is a captivating and simple love story about a girl, a boy, two fathers, and a wall. The audience uses its imagination to accompany the narrator as he creates a world of moonlight and magic, followed by pain and disillusionment. Ultimately, the boy and girl find their way back home and to one another. The score, which includes "Try to Remember," "They Were You," and "Soon It's Gonna Rain," is as timeless as the story itself.
Note: The Fantasticks offers guided backstage tours at all performances!
What if the Buddha were a woman, living in our times? Mama Sid is a modern-day "awakened one" with a worldwide following. But a determined young woman seeks to unearth Mama Sid's mysterious past, exposing secrets that could change everything. Epic and intimate, comic and profound, The Fourth Messenger investigates what it means to be both enlightened and human. Matt August (Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!) directs; the ravishing score is by indie favorite Vienna Teng.
In 1961, 400 ordinary human beings put their lives on the line to bring attention to the injustice of segregation in an action that would show the world an image of the "burning bus America," whose existence most Americans wanted to ignore. Freedom Riders: The Civil Rights Musical tells the true story of activists who boldly challenged the legality and optics of the Jim Crow South by riding buses in mixed groups. It features civil rights icons Diane Nash, John Seigenthaler, John Lewis, and other fearless pioneers of the civil rights movement. Freedom Riders is a soaring portrait of the youthful and impatient voices of the movement who used nonviolent direct action to initiate change.
At age 15, Milo Reynolds had it all — a seat at the popular table, the perfect girlfriend, the "coolest" parents, and friends who worshipped him. So when Milo kills himself on Monday morning, his friends and family are left questioning everything they thought they knew about him. Generation Me explores the heartbreak, confusion, and survivor's guilt of those left behind. Told in flashbacks that open Milo's story like a mystery, Generation Me identifies a generation more privileged, self-interested, oblivious...and lonelier than ever.
In the 1850s, John Banvard did more to elevate fine arts than any single American artist before him. Banvard was the most famous living painter in the world and the first millionaire artist, world-renowned for his three-mile-long moving panorama celebrating the majesty of the mighty Mississippi. Today an examination of reference books may not turn up a single mention of his name. Banvard, the greatest artist of his time, has been almost forgotten by history. This musical tells his story.
The year is 1938, and the Goree All-Girl String Band is the biggest new radio sensation in Texas. Its members also happen to be convicted criminals. The six of them teach themselves music from behind bars and earn a slot on a prison-based radio program. Through sisterhood, determination, and a little bit of luck, these women work (and play) together to fiddle their way to freedom. Inspired by a true story, The Goree All-Girl String Band is a tale of redemption that features an ensemble of actor-musicians performing a brand-new country score.
I Like It Like That – A Musical is the story of the Rodríguez family living in New York City in the early 1970s. At that time music was the proudest expression of "El Barrio," their East Harlem neighborhood. I Like It Like That takes the audience on a historical musical journey amid neighborhood volatility and social activism. As neighborhood residents deal with the ever-present pull between escape and social conscience, so too members of the Rodríguez family navigate the challenges they face living in the heart of a volatile environment. Instilled in them is the importance of family and the desire to succeed. Starring as the patriarch is Tito Nieves, Grammy nominee and Latin music superstar.
Join world-renowned mixologist and raconteur Anthony Caporale for a boozy romp through the history of spirits and cocktails in this smash — make that smashed — hit! Playing in an authentic New York speakeasy once used as a meeting place by the notorious Tammany Society, The Imbible chaperones audiences on a trip through 10,000 years of world history. The journey is accompanied by music — the a capella stylings of The Backwaiters — and craft cocktails. You can sit back, drink up, and enjoy as Anthony holds forth on the history and science behind alcoholic beverages, traces their economic and political impact on our cultural development, conducts live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits, and, like any good bartender, keeps his guests laughing throughout the night. Tickets to this critically acclaimed comedy sell out weekly, so get yours early.
Note: Each ticket includes three cocktails.
Matthew McConaughey Vs. the Devil: An American Myth is a Faustian comedy that dares to ask the question, "How did Matthew McConaughey win an Academy Award?" This show recounts how the rom-com stoner star became an A-list award winner. Matthew has his loyal agent Penny, his best friend Woody Harrelson, and his beloved bongos. Now all he needs is to be taken seriously in his art. Enter a demon with a deal too good to be true. Friendship, love, and loyalty are all tested in this hell-raising quest to win Matthew the Oscar...and save his soul.
They say that comedy is tragedy plus time. After over 100 days of Trump, the creators of 2006's acclaimed musical revue Bush Wars declare that it's time! Their new show, Me the People: The Trump America Musical, is uproarious entertainment that takes aim at the embarrassment that is the topsy-turvy presidency of comrade Donald J. Trump.
From his Crony Cabinet to his Supremely Radical Court to White House grifters Ivanka and Jared to the Trumpcare debacle, no one is spared. Me the People also offers a hilarious diagnosis from Sigmund Freud and an earful from Hillary Clinton.
1969 New Orleans: It's standing room only. The band starts the opening number for Miss Blanche, the hottest act in the Quarter — but Miss Blanche is missing in action. Instead, a fiery young man takes the stage. Relaying tales from his brutal childhood, he reveals a mysterious trunk filled with clues about his past and the key to his future. Inspired by the imagination of Tennessee Williams, this intimate and seductive show takes us on one man's journey through desire, self-expression, and liberation.
Rachael, wide-eyed and optimistic, is elated to finally put her party days behind and become a mom...#yay! Angie has preenrolled her unborn child in the most exclusive all-girls preschool (definitely a girl; she already has a boy). After three kids, Marcia thought she was done. Is it bad that she doesn't want to cancel her wine-of-the-month club or stop having sex on her back? With a soundtrack ranging from rock to pop to funk and more, join these three unlikely friends as they bond in the trenches from pregnancy tests to empty nests, dominating the diapers and tackling the teens with unmotherly charm — one bottle at a time!
Through the mystery, action, and cleverness woven into Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, My Dear Watson looks beyond the realm of narrative and into the heart of the man himself...that is, if he has one at all. In this dramatic musical told from the perspective of Dr. Watson, viewers are forced to reanalyze and redefine love and friendship for a man who is seemingly incapable of both.
NEWSical the Musical lampoons current events, newsmakers, celebrities, and politicians. No one in the news is safe! With songs and material updated regularly, this topical musical revue is an ever-evolving mockery of all the news that's fit to spoof!
In 2010 NEWSical received two Drama Desk Award nominations: one for for Outstanding Musical Revue and one for Outstanding Lyrics. The lyrics were written by Rick Crom, who also composed the music.
Mili Avital directs this modern-day love story about two transplant millennials dating and working in New York: a comedy about cultural misconnections and crossed boundaries.
Starring Noga Milstein and Ben Perry, and featuring Gabriel Macht (Suites), with songs by Yoni Bloch, and lyrics by Barak Feldman.
Inspired by the B-movie of the same title, Night Tide tells the kitschy and compelling tale of Johnny Drake, a lonely sailor in the navy. While enjoying his first shore leave in a spooky, run-down seaside resort town, he meets Mora, a seductive and mysterious young woman who performs as a mermaid in a sideshow. Johnny immediately becomes smitten with her, but he soon discovers that she may actually be a real siren of the sea, and she may have lured her previous boyfriends to their watery graves...
Numbers Nerds is an almost all-girl high school math team from Waukesha, Wisconsin. The team has won the regional math competition and been chosen to compete in the National Math SUM-IT. These smart and funny whiz kids must unite to solve difficult math problems without getting distracted by teen drama and pressures. Numbers Nerds is a story of girls becoming women, conquering both anxiety and rivalry, and finding a way to affirm themselves both as individuals and as team members so that they can win at math…and at life!
In this groundbreaking musical by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, Commodore Matthew Perry sails to Japan in 1853 on a U.S. mission to open up trade relations at any cost. Pacific Overtures tells the tale of a samurai and a fisherman who are caught up in the westernization of the East.
George Takei stars, with Karl Josef Co, Marc delaCruz, Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley, Ann Harada, Kimberly Immanuel, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh, Orville Mendoza, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma also in the cast. John Doyle directs.
New kid Kylie Carson is "different" — which can make middle school a very scary and unfriendly place. So she cooks up a sweet solution: form a cupcake club that's open to anyone seeking friendship and a place to belong. But the popular clique turns bitter with jealousy and vows to destroy the club's efforts. Kylie is now faced with a tough choice: stoop to the mean girls' level or take the higher road. The delicious pop-infused score by Rick Hip-Flores brings the best-selling children's book by Sheryl and Carrie Berk to life, and drives home a message of empathy, love, and the power of young people to change the world.
Note: This production will support NoBully.org.
PharmaBro: An American Douchical! is a story about greed, the American dream gone wrong, and what happens when evil "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli tries to f*** with a certain hip-hop group and their pal Bill Murray. Full of hoverboards, hauntings, and fake news, this new musical has all the right ingredients for a ridiculous night of theater.
In the fiercely competitive world of girls' soccer, how far would you go for your child? Based on the award-winning play All About the Kids by Caytha Jentis, Play Like a Winner is a satire of the soccer mom world. At curtain, Coach Nick lies dead in the middle of the stage, impaled by a corner flag, while a chorus of soccer players sings in his honor. Kathy, a soccer mom, steps forward to tell viewers the story of how all this began…
Enter The Portal and follow Dante through epic deserts and alpine mountains as he seeks the beautiful and mysterious Beatrice while being pursued by his inner demons. Driven by epic rock music that pulses with tribal and electronic beats, The Portal is part concert, part movie, and part performance. It not only entertains but also immerses the audience in a journey of transcendence and empowerment.
Really Rosie is a classic work by Carole King and Maurice Sendak. Tapestry meets Where the Wild Things Are in this 1980 musical about a little girl in Brooklyn with a big imagination. Inspired in part by the stories in Sendak's Nutshell Library, Really Rosie's songs include "Pierre," "Alligators All Around," and "Chicken Soup With Rice."
Multiple Tony Award winner Hinton Battle and JenKay present Sistas: The Musical, a hilarious and touching musical journey of a multigenerational family. Through that family, this musical play reveals the struggles, joys, and triumphs of being a woman and being black in America. Sistas includes the lyrics of music made famous by artists like Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, the Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Beyoncé, and many others. Cast members power through such classics as "Oh, Happy Day," "Mama Said," "I Will Survive," "Ain't Nobody's Business," "God Bless the Child," "Respect," "My Man," "Baby, I'm Yours," "Say a Little Prayer," "Stop! In the Name of Love," "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," and "We Are Family."
Angela Lansbury introduces this one-night-only musical revue, which includes as many hit songs as can fit into 90 minutes. A galaxy of Broadway stars perform selections from Sweeney Todd, Follies, Into the Woods, Assassins, Gypsy, Passion, A Little Night Music, Company, Merrily We Roll Along, West Side Story, and more! There's "Something familiar / Something peculiar / Something for everyone / Let's celebrate tonight!"
From Gerard Alessandrini, the mastermind behind the legendary Forbidden Broadway, comes a musical sneak peek into his obsession with Hamilton. For 18 performances only, audiences have the opportunity to share in the Spamilton madness. This production features a virtuoso cast, plus special guest star Christine Pedi and other Forbidden Broadway divas.
Stomp is a fusion of dance, music, and theater. The performers "play" matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, and other everyday objects. The resulting sounds and rhythms energize audience members, who have included Quincy Jones and Big Bird. Among Stomp's other claims to fame: two Emmy Awards (for the HBO special Stomp Out Loud), an Oscar nomination, and being an answer on Jeopardy!
Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled and imprisoned barber, returns home to Victorian London hungry for revenge. He takes up the tools of his trade again, this time using them to cut throats as well as hair. A neighborhood pie shop proprietress quickly becomes his partner in crime and business. She suggests making meat pies out of Sweeney's victims, and together the two of them carve out a niche for themselves in the market.
Now the Tooting Arts Club is serving up a fresh production of this musical theater classic. This immersive revival has transferred to New York City after a sold-out run in London, where it premiered at Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop. The Barrow Street Theatre re-creates the pie shop atmosphere, even selling pies on-site. Rest assured, the cook is no relation of Sweeney's. He is Bill Yosses, a former White House pastry chef whom Obama dubbed "the Crust Master."
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a musical that never goes stale. It won eight Tony Awards when it debuted on Broadway in 1979. The following year, it opened in the West End. A 2007 film adaptation directed by Tim Burton earned an Academy Award and two Golden Globes.
Sweetee tells the story of an outcast minister, a young street singer, and a band of orphans in the Depression-era American South. As they struggle to make music and find their place in a world marked by bigotry and poverty, a tale emerges of spiritual triumph in the face of adversity and racism. Nothing comes easy...but dreams are big.
Temple of the Souls is an award-winning contemporary pop musical of secrets, lies, and forbidden love. Two worlds collide in this mythical tale when Amada, the beautiful daughter of a conquistador, and Guario, a young Taino, meet in a magical Puerto Rican rain forest. To escape the intolerant world below, the young lovers run away to the Temple of the Souls, where nightmares and dreams come true.
In this wicked retelling of the classic novel by H.G. Wells, a troubled inventor discovers a modern dystopia where machines are nonexistent and love is forbidden. Extraordinary events force him to venture underground, where he must face the demons that control his future.
A Wall Apart is an original rock musical about a 30-year love story set against the backdrop of the Berlin Wall. With music by Graham Russell of Air Supply, this epic story examines three generations of family ties, brotherhood, love, and marriage. What is the price of liberty, and will the Wall divide or unite?
Strap on your ruby slippers, and join the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion, Dorothy, and her little dog too for this adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. Lots of people love this classic story of the girl who wakes up in a strange land filled with witches, munchkins, and monkeys — and befriends a cowardly lion, a tin man without a heart, and a scarecrow with no brain in her quest to find her way back home. Journey down the yellow brick road through the land of Oz to meet the wizard while humming along to memorable songs from the Oscar-winning film, including "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard," and "If I Only Had a Brain."
Woody Sez is a toe-tapping musical portrait, rich with the words and songs of America's great troubadour. It transports the audience through the fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes tragic life of Woody Guthrie. With songs like "This Land Is Your Land" and "So Long, It's Been Good to Know Yuh," a talented group of four actor-musicians bring to life the many people who formed the fabric of his story. Not only was Guthrie a seminal influence on Bob Dylan and Joan Baez; he also inspired generations of Irish folk singers like the Clancy Brothers and Christy Moore. His songs may have told the stories of the disenfranchised in the Dust Bowl, but his recurrent themes speak of famine, worker's rights, and emigrant strife. His legacy defined an American era of social consciousness and political expression that is alive and palpable today.