“Few recent productions can match J.A.W.Z. for sheer twisted audacity.” – Kate Madden Portland Monthly FULL ARTICLE “Bring your life preservers and a boat big enough to contain the madcap experience of “J.A.W.Z. The Musical – In 3D!” – Jamie Hale The Oregonian FULL ARTICLE
A lifetime in the making… ThE SalOOn EnSeMbLe and Steven Schpeilberg bring you the never-before-seen Director’s Cut!
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into musical theater… It’s “J.A.W.Z. THE MUSICAL – IN 3D!” – a two-act musical comedy written, directed, arranged, and performed live on stage by ThE SaLOOn EnSeMbLe in the most REALISTIC 3-D the world has EVER SEEN!!!
Portland’s performance troupe The Saloon Ensemble has been entertaining audiences since 2005 with highly theatrical, danceable, and comedic renditions of pop songs, outrageous originals, epic-theme parties, and full theatrical productions. Starting in January of 2013, the group gathered in the living room to study the movie “Jaws”; an all-time favorite of their film-geek band-leader and composer Jason Wells who for decades had always wanted to turn it into a musical. Starting with a basic sketch, the core group of seven musicians teamed-up with additional actors and seasoned theater director Noah Veil (DreamAwake Productions) to study the film scene-by-scene, discussing all of the story’s key elements. What followed was a joyous and seemingly endless flooding of hilarious ideas until March when they printed a finalized script, recorded a completed score, and officially booked it at Portland’s legendary Clinton St. Theater for a summer blockbuster/grindhouse-stye premier!!! After six months of rehearsals, costumes, props, choreography, arranging, editing, and memorizing their lines, The Saloon Ensemble proudly birthed this all-original, multi-dimensional, sing-a-long-able, live musical-comedy which, though it follows the basic Peter Benchley story to satisfy die- hard fans, takes many unexpected twists and turns for a unique, hysterical, and absurd experience of this legendary shark tale. It was a hit, and played to sold-out audiences for a one-week run followed by an explosion of rave reviews. Now, 2014 marks the return of “J.A.W.Z. The Musical – In 3D!!!” premiering first in Portland, OR at the Alberta Rose Theater June 26 – 29, then in Veneta, OR at Oregon Country Fair July 11 – 13, then at Inner Mission SF in San Francisco Sept 12-13, and finally Hollywood at the King King Sept 23-24. We humbly invite you to review our show in advance or meet with us to write an article about our production. Sincerely - Jason Wells Creator, Producer, Co-Director, Co-Writer, Composer, Arranger