Rocker Joe Popp mashed together Shakespeare and The Sopranos last year in his music for Pericles: Prince of Tires, with a book by Neil Gobioff and Shawn Paonessa. Now the production is being performed again by the original cast for Jobsite Theater and then will transfer to New York for an engagement at the Here Arts Center.
Popp first made his mark in theater music in 1997 with his punk rock score to Macbeth, one of American Stage's most successful Shakespeare in the Park productions. He has been living in New York the past decade or so, but he retains ties with Jobsite.
"Popp's songs have never been better, with great hooks and melodies tempered with punkish rawness,'' wrote St. Petersburg Times correspondent Marty Clear in his review of Pericles.
Performances are at the Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. $15. (813) 228-7827. The production, with a cast of 10, goes to Here in lower Manhattan April 15-17.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic