7 strange and awesome things about ‘Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter’
#1 Obviously, it happens in the elbow of a person. In the words of Cady Huffman, it makes no sense to make a musical in the elbow of a person – but that’s sort of why you do it. And while you may think that a community in an elbow is not something that we would associate with our own lives, this story really delves into humanity in a way a musical in a more traditional place could not, free of constraints – free to get to the core.
#2 It‘s from Iceland, which has not been known for its musicals in the past. However, Iceland is known for its awesome music, its progressive culture, unique nature and peacefulness. All of this may have something to do with the creation of this musical.
#3 Even though this is the creator’s first musical, he has over the span of three years been able to get many great talents on board, from the award winning director to a Tony-winning actress and more. The piece has brought together a great group of people that believe in it. We’ll soon see if they are right.
#4 The concept album was just released in July and is getting great reviews, from reviewers claiming that this is a ‘musical gem’, ‘unique and awesome’ to statements that ‘music history’ is being made. You can judge for yourself if you listen on iTunes, Spotify or any other site where it is available.
#5 It is original in every way. The story combines a Shakespearian twist with influences from Tarantino, Charlie Kaufman and Dr. Seuss. But none of these comparisons really can explain what you will experience. You will have to see for yourself.
#6 One review of the concept album stated that even though the thought of an ‘indie rock’ musical was quite off-putting, you would be pleasantly surprised by Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter. The music of the piece is grand and epic. It is emotional – just the right kind of music to tell a story. If the show is anything like the album, you will be able to hear into the hearts of the great performers.
#7 Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter touches upon some of the most important issues of modern society, showing the system we have built around power and how well-intentioned and kind-hearted individuals act within it. This play does not preach. You will be able to make up your own mind.