In a disused bomb factory 16 years ago, a group of artists assembled an ambitious and outrageous redo of Aristophanes' play "Lysistrata." Called the Black Hole Buddha, the musical and its one-time only performance turned into a legendary event as its authors skipped town and shot off to other projects. The album of 21 songs got a ton of press play and pro interest; but when the heavyweight lawyer Paul Marshall wondered if the project was appropriate to pitch to Disney, uber-attorney Alan Bomser sputtered: "These guys have written a screed that attacks every single fiber of Walt Disney's spirit!" The Black Hole Buddha reluctantly took to the closet and disappeared.
The song-writing duo who scripted it to life, Seanie Blue and Peter Fox, eventually crossed paths in the Hollywood Hills and instead of rescuing their offspring decided to make another baby, the "Moonlight & memory" project, with Sandra Bishop and Steve McCormick and a host of stellar musical talents in LAX and DCA. But rumblings from the closet brought the Black Hole Buddha to everyone's attention, and now the authors have been slowly combing through more than 50 hours of video recording of the two-year project.
This short piece from a rehearsal a few days before the one and only performance of the BHB shows the crew at work. Or some of the crew, anyway. The army of creatives who muscled the show into existence will be seen in other vids if they aren't seen here. More coming soon!