Bed bugs have recently made themselves known behind the scenes in some local music venues (such as the Metropolitan Opera House and the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center last October), but they often don’t seem to make it out of the dressing rooms.
Still, bed bugs have inspired musical theater and classical music, among other genres.
New Yorkers have the opportunity now to hear one example, as broadwayworld.com reports:
The Pit Stop Players, a fourteen-member instrumental ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, will perform at the recently completed, $37 million DiMenna Center for Classical Music [in New York City] on Tuesday, May 10, at 7:30 pm. The critically acclaimed ensemble will offer a rare performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s ‘The Bedbug,’ a suite of incidental music written by the great Russian composer for a 1929 stage comedy by Vladimir Mayakovsky.
“We’re a cutting-edge new music ensemble,” said Joshua Rosenblum, the group’s founder and music director. “And what could be more contemporary and relevant than a piece about bedbugs? So what if it was written eighty-two years ago?”
Nothing is more “now” than bed bugs, alas.
Thanks to bugbuster for drawing this to our attention in the forums!
You can see all the details and purchase tickets on rosenblummusic.com.