Staten Island Chuck lives on.
The beloved groundhog of the forgotten precinct, who died after falling from the arms of former Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014, has been revived to perform a limited Manhattan production of Staten Island! The musical”
A pair of high school friends and native Staten Islanders have turned the banalities of their often-hated hometown — and the weird wonders of New York City’s most popular geographic punching bag — into something to celebrate in song.
After a sell-out run across the Verrazano Bridge last summer, Off-Off-Broadway presentation comes for a five-show run at West 36th Street’s The Tank beginning December 1st.
“Everyone has their own preconceived notions about Staten Island, and they’re usually not positive,” Matt Izzo, author and lyricist for the musical, told The Post. “We wanted to tell a story that would prove Staten Island is an Everytown – only with its own specific and bizarre versions of related issues, people and infrastructure issues.”
The childhood friends saw a market for mainstream depictions of Staten Island, so Izzo took inspiration from himself and co-writer Sal Volpe to create the show.
“We found that in our everyday conversations throughout our lives we’ve walked the line between members of the ‘forgotten borough’ and tried and true New Yorkers, but never had a media portrayal that adequately portrayed that dichotomy — hence, the show was.” born,” added Volpe.
The story focuses on the stories of a Staten Island ferry crew member, an aspiring actress desperate to move to Manhattan, a “woefully clueless” urban planner, a “curious neighbor who is overly possessive of her parking lot” — and of course Chuck the dead groundhog. Music tracks include “You’re in My Spot”, “We Could Use Another Bank” and “Walk the Mall”.
The popularity of their local run means there’s interest, at least among the islanders, and now they’ll soon find out if Manhattanites want two hours of highly regional musical comedy, too.
Tickets cost $20 per adult and are available through The Tank’s website.
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