“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 epic original, danceable, and comedic productions in Portland, OR., Burning Man, Oregon County Fair, and surrounding areas (“The Nitemare B4 Xmas,” “Horns and Halos,” “The End of the World,” “All of Burning Man in a Day”). In January 2013, the group gathered 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!!! Then, after four months of rehearsals, costuming, props, choreography, arranging, editing, and memorizing their lines, they 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 massive 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!!!” which played to packed houses at Portland’s Alberta Rose Theater June 26 – 29, then in Veneta, OR at Oregon Country Fair July 11 – 13, and now travels to Inner Mission SF in San Francisco Sept 12-13, and finally performing in Hollywood at the King King Sept 23-24. We humbly invite you attend our show. If you wish to review it in advance, we can send you video from our performances. Endless thanks - Jason Wells Creator, Producer, Co-Director, Co-Writer, Composer, Arranger