Thornton Wilder’s Classic Play Reimagined ‘The Village: A Disco Musical’

The cast of The Village: A Disco Musical! (photo: Eric McNatt)
The cast of The Village: A Disco Musical! (photo: Eric McNatt)

Guest post by Lawrence Pfeil, Jr.

Playwright Thornton Wilder was never open about being gay, nor did he write about that part of life in his metaphysical three-act play, Our Town.

But this week, the classic play will be reimagined set to the dance floor beats of 1979 when The Village, A Disco Musical! premieres at Dixon Place for a limited run engagement.

From the official website:

Set in New York City in 1979, though we bounce around and break 4th walls, 5th dimensions and every theater rule in the book, The Village is loosely based on Our Town (if Thornton Wilder was living on Christopher St. many moons ago).

The Village is a fabulous funny fete filled with high jinx, low kinks, soft core porn, rock hard abs and a bodacious display of disco dancing.

For anyone who needs a hand as they crawl out of their pandemic ptsd, The Village offers a life-affirming lift, full of love, life friendship, fantasy, fashion and fun. It’s a valentine to youth, age, spirit, New York City and Donna Summer.

“Filled with high jinx, low kinks, and go-go boys,” the show features a cast of ten diverse actors and dancers.

The Village is written by Nora Burns (David’s Friend, Unitard) and directed by Adam Pivirotto (Shondaland), with choreography by Robin Carrigan (Trick).

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You will recall another of Wilder’s plays, The Matchmaker, was set to music and went on to become the 10-time Tony Award-winning musical, Hello Dolly! 

The Village, A Disco Musical! runs from October 6 – 15, 2022, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street between Rivington and Delancey) in New York City.

Tickets are $20-$28, and available at Dixonplace.org

The cast of The Village: A Disco Musical! (photo: Eric McNatt)
The cast of The Village: A Disco Musical! (photo: Eric McNatt)

Lawrence Pfeil, Jr., is a freelance writer/playwright who has reviewed film and theatre, both on and off Broadway, for media outlets including The Randy Report, the New York Blade, and Edge Publications. You can find more from Lawrence at TheOUTfront.com.