Reykjavik rocks New York as Iceland’s critically acclaimed indie rock concept album is brought to life at the Minetta Lane!
This surreal and philosophical story is of a small and somewhat naïve nation located in the elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson and their desire for greatness. Roiled by passion and great ambition what will this once-idyllic community find… riches, ruin or redemption? The answers in this ‘Horton Hears a Who’-like world can be found rocking the stage at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Fans of traditional musical theatre are also welcome!
The running time of the show is approximately two hours.
Revolution in the Elbow is the brainchild of Icelandic author Ívar Páll Jónsson. Author of the book, lyrics and music, Ívar has been writing music since the age of 15, perfecting his craft by writing thousands of songs in his career, most of them unpublished. Ívar worked as a journalist before focusing on his career as a creative writer.
One morning in 2011, Ívar woke up with the idea for the project and started working on it, setting out to make the best album of songs he possibly could, enlisting Stefán Örn Gunnlaugsson as producer and arranger. Alongside him from the start was Gunnlaugur Jónsson, executive producer and co-author of the story. In 2012, the script was nearing its final form and in 2013 they started working with producers Karl Pétur Jónsson and Óskar Eiríksson. Subsequently the ball started rolling faster. They decided to head to New York with the piece and a milestone in the process was when they hired Bergur Þór Ingólfsson as a director, bringing with him the acclaimed creative team behind the Icelandic production of Mary Poppins; choreographer Lee Proud and set designer Petr Hlousek.