Gordon Gano, the Founder of The Violent Femmes, Has Written "Run, Bambi, Run," His First Musical, With Bookwriter Eric Simonson. It Is Now Playing at Milwaukee Rep.
I love this for so many reasons! It’s a great show. And a fun interview -- I am a big fan of Eric --and Gordon’s (ever since freshman year at NU when a guy named John played the VF’s first album over and over again) 👏👏👏
I had NO idea that Eric wrote the book for this show! That absolutely makes sense - a strong match of writer to subject. 🎉
This story is quite cool for many reasons. My wife and I, and 2 friends, are going to see this on Saturday. Been on our calendar a long time. Also, I went to high school with you and your sister Britta. Met your older sibs as well. My mom worked at Simonson realty. Lots of small world items here. I knew about Gordon's involvement. But I did not know that Eric wrote this until now. Very cool. I've looked him up in the past knowing he won an Oscar. Anyway, great read and looking forward to seeing this.
This story brings me back. I was introduced to the Femmes when I was in 4th grade by a college kid that used to drive me home from school. I loved them from the very start. They were my first concert ~ 1990. They opened for the B52s at Riverbend in Cincinnati. I still have the ticket stub. When I was in high school, I was somehow allowed to drive from my home town in KY to Cincinnati (about 2 hours away) on a school night to see them at Bogart's on Short Vine. I rocked the t-shirt at school the next day like a king. I have all their albums and have seen them 10 times or more over the years. It's so cool that you have a connection to Gordon through your brother, and it's so fun to see these two loves of mine - cocktails and music - come together here like this. Cheers!
Haha!! I hung at The Tracks during that time. Definitely remember Freddie. Had a few run ins with him…
That’s quite a juicy story! Glad it got the full “Broadway” treatment it deserves!
I hope this comes to or near New York!
THIS kind of topic is why you are one of the Substacks I am happy to pay for. Keep doing what you do, Robert!
So fun to read your writing about theater; you are back to your roots! The play sounds wild and entertaining!