'The Boomer Boys Musical' brings aging related humor to Palm Springs Cultural Center
In recent years, boomers have become villainized by younger generations — both via internet memes and in person. But "The Boomer Boys Musical" aims to bring laughter to the subject of aging.
The musical will have a five-performance run Feb. 11-13 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center.
Lyricist and writer Billy Van Zandt, who wrote the play with the late Jane Milmore, told The Desert Sun that it's a "perfect fit" for the Palm Springs area and hopes it will come back for more performances following local debut.
The word "boomer" doesn't bother him. He believes "we got pushed into a category and we're making the most of it." The play is also inviting to everybody, he said, adding that men can identify with the jokes about reaching a certain age, and that women coming in groups can have a good laugh about the characters resembling their husbands.
"Everybody is identifying with it," Van Zandt said. "We have younger people showing up and they love [it] because the humor is pretty good. The younger people are laughing at their parents until about halfway through the show when they realize, 'Hey, wait a minute, this is what my future looks like.' Then, they're just horrified."
Even though "The Boomer Boys Musical" has minimal production and features a four-man "Fat Pack" of men in their 50s and 60s, it's been performed off-Broadway and in venues from 175 to 1,000 seats as a touring production.
The cast features Van Zandt, Tom Frascatore, Jeff Babey and Glen Jones. Van Zandt has known Frascatore since kindergarten, and has worked with the others for over 30 years. The show's loose performance format keeps the friends guessing as to what the other will throw out on stage.
"We end up having as good of a time as the audience, and it gets a little campy too. A lot of the jokes are pretty far out there," Van Zandt said.
Van Zandt credits the idea of the show — a musical about the changes that men of a certain age go through as they age — to composer Waylon Picard.
"Before I opened my mouth, (Milmore) said 'Yes, we'll be happy to do it' and I said 'Why did you agree so fast?' and she said 'I'd rather write about it than hear you complain about it all the time.' We did the lyrics, (Picard) did the music and we came up with some funny songs."
Some of the musical's song titles include "My Prostate is the Size of a Buick," "Brain Fart," "You'll Never Be Younger Than You Are Today," "My God I Am My Father" and "What The Mirror Doesn't Show." There's also a song about getting a colonoscopy.
"The songs are fun," Van Zandt said. "We do a tribute to the bucket lists everybody seems to be making these days."
The 85-minute show is meant to be fun-loving and doesn't insult anyone.
"It's more about the things people can identify with and laugh at themselves," Van Zandt said. "I really do believe that the best way to age is to laugh about it with your friends. That's what this show is all about."
If you go
What: "The Boomer Boys Musical"
When: Feb. 11-13
Where: Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs
Tickets: $38 to $58
Desert Sun reporter Brian Blueskye covers arts and entertainment. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @bblueskye.
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