Review: Pericles, Prince of Tires

By Joel Cook, Reax Music, April 8, 2010

So if you're up on these sort of things, "Rock Operas" are all the rage these days and bands like Green Day and My Chemical Romance are creating elaborate, story-telling albums and marketing them as such. Green Day's American Idiot opens on broadway later this month after a successful stint in San Francisco. But did you know that Tampa has its own answer to this "Rock Opera" phenomenon? Well, Reax readers might remember our coverage of Pericles, Prince of Tires! from last August. You can read it here. Welcome to the next chapter…

Tuesday, April 7th, marked the Encore Performance opening night for Jobsite Theater's Pericles, Prince of Tires at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. The musical runs until April 11th before heading to New York's Mainstage Theatre later this month. This is a huge feat for the Tampa based theater company. Jobsite is a non-profit theatre company started in 1998 by David Jenkins and has become a dominant regional presence in the theater community. While it's exciting for Tampa theater culture, the news comes at a big monetary expense. Hence, the Tampa shows are very important for the success of the theater company's time in New York.

Director and Video Designer, David Jenkins, was kind enough to invite REAX and reserve some space to cover the opening and experience the "Rock Opera" that will take on New York's theatre district. And, we were blown away. The Jobsite version takes the classic Shakespearean tale involving incest and irony and substitutes the ancient Greek figures and Shakespearean verse into a rock-based musical about a high-ranking New York Mafia family. The latest run turns the focus onto the performers, music and video production. Joe Popp is a beast on stage playing two and a half hours on rock guitar(a talent that has made him a Tampa favorite). The cast of eight play the roles of many and adapt to portray each character to perfection. The slapstick comedy is something of a unexpected surprise and really carries the show.

Also See:

Jobsite's Pericles Rocks the Bay – Creative Loafing

'Pericles' rock musical makes Bard's tale sing – Tampa Tribune

'Pericles' pops, thanks to Joe Popp – St. Petersburg Times

Jobsite's 'Pericles' – ARTS NET, Tampa Bay

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