The Alcoholic Movie Musical! is an experiment in live musical filmmaking that draws equal inspiration from Trapped in the Closet and Dancer in the Dark. A comedy routine about alcoholism delivered by Ms. Hopkins rapidly evolves into an operatic description of her quest to create an outlandish musical film telling her life story, culminating in a live enactment of this impossible film that is hand-made, hilarious, and harrowing. Enhanced by the brilliant design of innovative video artist Jeff Sugg, The Alcoholic Movie Musical! manifests through the tensile strength of live performance, greater than the sum of its parts.
Performed by Cynthia Hopkins & Jeff Sugg
Design by Jeff Sugg
Premiered October 2015
The Bushwick Starr (Brooklyn, NY)
“Ms. Hopkins is marvelously good and sympathetic company.”
– Claudia La Rocca, The New York Times
The Alcoholic Movie Musical! was commissioned by The Bushwick Starr, and supported by a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts and a 2015 Grants to Artists Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Works in progress were presented at Bryn Mawr’s Wintry Mix Festival and as part of the Catch Performance Series.