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Comic book antics, music at Grand Kabaret on Friday

April 11, 2013
By Josh Moniz - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - Campy, comic book fun, enthusiastic actors and the music of hot local band String Theory will overflow the Grand Kabaret on Friday during the performance of "Gravitone, The Musical."

The play is based around a comedic story told in songs in the band String Theory's recent CD release "What's The Matter With Captain Gravitone?"

Intentionally aimed at the cheesiness of the Adam West version of Batman, the play focuses on super-hero Captain Gravitone and his power to make people make better choices like eating a salad. Some of the humor focuses on the hero's naivete about the ways of the world when thrown against modern day living. The hero also has to battle his enemies General Idiocy and Siren Seductress Leather Alice, who are bent on making the world "more stupider."

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The cast of ‘Gravitone, The Musical’ will perform a campy, comic book play based around the music of local band String Theory on Friday at the Grand Kabaret in downtown New Ulm. Cast members are (left to right) (front row) Elaine Hardwick, Esther Hoffmann and Matt Ulmen; (back row) Kelly Quinn, Kevin Michaels and Tommy Emery

The play is creation of String Theory band leader Eli Hoehn, local poet John Rezmerski and Mankato playwright Greg Abbott to expand on the CD. The roughly 90-minute play revolves around String Theory performing while actors carry out the plot on stage. Additional elements like poetry readings are sprinkled in the show.

The performance at the Grand Kabaret is the kickoff show for the play's tour around the region in April. The closet shows will be Saturday at the Mankato Event Center and Sunday at the State Theater in Zumbrota.

Advance tickets for Friday's show are $5 for adults and $3 for kids. They can be bought at the Grand, the Chamber or online at Tickets on the day of the show will be $7 for adults and $5 for children.

Show times are 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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