Granted, I was behind writing this review of Fripp Presents: Homeward Bound, The Incredible Journey, but call it a divine intervention by the gods of the Broadway cabaret; I’m glad I delayed. It gave me the chance to read Stephen Mosher’s feature article on Michael Kushner about taking charge at The Greenroom 42, which significantly influenced my already positive opinion of the Fripp show. In that article, Mr. Kushner referred to his ability to provide access to acts that otherwise might not have had the chance to see some of Broadway’s greatest cabaret scenes. This was well demonstrated during the show on Wednesday December 1 at 9:30 p.m.
I was fortunate enough to photograph the 7pm show that night (Maddie Poppe) and decided to stick around to cover the Fripp show as well. As a photojournalist I try to prepare as best I can for a mission but I was having trouble finding details about this artist or show. I saw posts on Instagram but it really wasn’t helpful in what I was looking to find. I took a few opportunities to ask the friendliest staff at Greenroom 42 what they knew about the show. Each of them had a favorable comment on what was to come.
What I experienced was a story told through a mixture of songs (unfortunately no setlists were available to help) that took us on a journey of a human being landing on a new planet, watching the disappearance of Earth and having to meet new friends in his new home. Fripp was the main character in this performance, with a backing singer playing the roles of his new friends. Musicians, piano, drums, and a cello (which was used very effectively to create sound effects), added to the fun of the story. The performers were clearly experienced on stage but I felt like it took them the first few songs to shake their nerves. With each song, the performance got stronger, to the point where this photojournalist thought to himself, âFripp has a great musical voice on Broadway.
Homeward Bound, The Incredible Journey was way more than expected and a show I would suggest seeing. It would also support The Greenroom 42’s mission to give a group of younger artists the opportunity to showcase their creative and musical talents. – Tom Salus
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Editor’s Note: FRIPP: HOMEWARD BOUND was described, along with staff, on The Green Room 42 website as follows: In the not-so-distant future, on a terribly distant planet, a new visitor arrives. The landing is quite brutal in fact and he wakes up with a few ouchies and sores. How will he get home? Can he even survive on this Jovian rock? Will his two strange new companions prove to be allies … or adversaries? The only way to learn, the only way to persist through this harsh alien hellish landscape … is to sing. With Fripp, Mahayla Laurence, Livvy Marcus. Director: Lillian Meredith. Arrangements by: Jake Landau. Cello: Anthime Miller. Percussion: Manny Lasmanos.
Thomas Salus is a New Jersey / New York-based photographer specializing in theater and sports photography. For nearly ten years, Tom has been putting his talents as a photographer at the service of community and regional theaters, supporting their productions and showcasing artists through his images. In addition to theater, he works with professional, college and high school sports teams in the area to capture the action on their stages. Tom has worked with New York-based cabaret performers, freelance work for local newspapers, and worked with organizations like Little League International. Tom’s photography began when he and his wife Kelly were raising their four children and capturing moments of their theatrical and athletic achievements. Tom is thrilled to be working with Broadway World as a Collaborating Photographer and having the opportunity to photograph some of the most amazing talent in this artistic community. Thomas Salus can be found on Instagram HERE and on his site HERE.