Why Am I Not Famous?
Written & performed by New York-based HCC alumni Jason Downs
Musical Director: Ken McGloin
TWO NIGHTS ONLY! October 11 - 12, 2013
Performances followed by “Libation & Conversation” (the first round is on Jason)!
AC honors one of HCC’s most gifted alumni with Jason Downs’ one-man-with-a-band musical revue! Why Am I Not Famous joyfully and comically covers Jason’s roller-coaster musical journey from Frank Sinatra to Bob Dylan to Elvis to the Doors and ultimately… is his own voice. Why Am I Not Famous is unlike anything you’ve ever seen or heard of - just like Jason Downs. If you love being in a theatre where the air is electric with outstanding live music and honest storytelling, don’t miss Jason’s unforgettable and moving performance backed by HCC stellar alumni and guest artists! (More about the show: See below!)
A Two-Part Evening:
CAST & CREATIVES –
Jason's Back-Up Singers:
Originally developed at the Shadowland Theatre in Ellenvillle, NY (Brendan Burke, Artistic Director) Why am I Not Famous ran for a three night limited engagement in March of 2012 to hugely favorable reviews:
Academy Award winner Melissa Leo raves...”I laughed I cried I screamed and danced in my seat......and then Jason Downs’ show made me stop and think and smile way down deep inside my heart....you would be a fool to miss a chance to skate tunefully thru Jason's life with him.....after seeing this show Jason Downs is so much more than famous to me...”
“a cautionary tale for the American Idol generation” Chris Silva, Executive Director Bardavon 1869 Opera House
“It's a delightful evening, with GREAT musical numbers and charming performers asking very brave questions about fame. It's a coming-of-age, memoir, musical review. When the evening ends, we're asking ourselves the same question - why isn't Jason famous, and damn, he ought to be.” Nicole Quinn, Director Racing Daylight
He’s worked with (and for) some of the most famous folks in show business, and has had success as an actor and musician - including a top 20 hit in the UK. But, for some reason, real fame has eluded Jason Downs.
So what went wrong? After all, he’d studied and graduated from a reputable conservatory (NYU's Tisch School of the Arts); got some work, including minor roles in the original John Waters film Hairspray and Clara's Heart with Whoopi Goldberg and Doogie Howser; found himself in rooms with Tim Burton reading for Robin in Batman, spots on Saturday Nite Live, national commercials and eventually signed to a record deal with Jive (Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, R. Kelly), culminating in a top 20 hit in Britain - and a European Tour. But through it all real success and fame have eluded the troubadour. He was in children's theater alongside Ed Norton. He attended the Oscars with Melissa Leo when she won for Best Supporting Actress last year. He's bounced from movie set to movie set assisting Aidan Quinn. Why not Jason Downs?
Now a family man, he's certainly learned a lot over the years and has some stories to tell. In a time when American Idol rules, a celebrity is born every minute and anyone on the street can give a reason why they should be famous, it’s enough that Jason Downs has come this far. He loves what he does and it shows in every pore of his being. 'Why am I Not Famous?' joyfully covers Jason’s musical journey from Frank Sinatra to Bob Dylan to Elvis to the Doors and hopefully…to enlightenment. ‘Why Am I Not Famous’ is unlike anything you’ve ever seen or heard of - just like Jason Downs.