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Unconventional Musical at TAP

Shinbone Alley, by Mel Brooks and Joe Darion, continues at Third Avenue Playhouse until Sept. 2.

Featuring a book by comedy legend Mel Brooks and Joe Darion, and a cool jazz score that remains one of the only examples of this genre in the commercial theatre, Shinbone Alley was one of the most daring musicals of the 1950s. This offbeat musical has appeared in almost every form, including a record and a concert with Carol Channing, a Broadway musical with Eartha Kitt, a television special with Tammy Grimes and an animated film.

In a deserted office, a cockroach dives headfirst onto the keys of a typewriter, pouring out the ruminations of his soul. It’s archy, poet, philosopher, moralist and hapless friend of mehitabel, the alley cat. This bizarre, highly original musical takes us into the streets of the big city as archy tries hopelessly to bring the “toujours gai” mehitabel off the back fence and into a respectable home as a housecat.

Shinbone Alley is performed Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm with matinees on Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $28 for general admission and $12 for students. For more information and to purchase tickets visit thirdavenueplayhouse.com.

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