Composer Lewis Flinn looked around the Dec. 14 opening-night party for his Broadway tuner “Lysistrata Jones” and acknowledged that it was — including the shindig at the Liberty Theater — all pretty surreal for a show that began its Gotham life in a little downtown gym.
Still, he noted, they tried not to overdo it in scaling up the staging for Broadway. “Actors are still moving locker units, much to their dismay,” he said.
He wrote the Greek comedy redux with his partner, book writer Douglas Carter Beane. It’s not the first project on which the two have collaborated — they also have two kids.
That child-raising experience seems to have come in handy for “Lysistrata Jones,” too. “Both kids and new musicals require a lot of patience,” Beane said. “And for both of them, you have to believe in them when no one else will.” – — Gordon Cox