Thursday, May 6, 2004

'Cicada, The Musical' turns a light on bug love

By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Sex, bugs, rock and roll. It can only be Cicada, The Musical, booked June 4-5 at College Hill Town Hall.

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It won't be a musical in the traditional sense. It's more like a bunch of artists celebrating an infestation with music, spoken word, video and conceptual pieces.

Last fall, Paul Kreft (aka Betty Anderson), Eric Appleby and Tricia Suit were having dinner and got to talking about the cicada 17-year life cycle, and how that maybe translated to rampant teenage hormones.

A concept worth further exploration, they decided, and called a bunch of other artists and invited them to "explore in whatever media they chose," says Suit. She was here last time, attending Seton High School and driving friends home from school when - a cicada got in the car! Girls screaming! It was traumatic enough she remembers it all as if it were yesterday.

Cicada, The Musical, with songs including "Cicada Kama Sutra" and "Boys Bug Me" should be exactly what Cincinnati needs a few weeks into the life cycle. "It's going to be disgusting, but we're all in it together," Suit says.


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