Oscar G. Brockett Theatre
"...Ross Perot; Margaret Wiley's Chi Chi La Bomba; and of course, still pulling mementos and hardware out of her dress after all these years, Sedwick's Patsy Cline. And he pays worthy tribute to many of the show's best-loved bits: Lyova Rosanoff's classical gas "Jalapeño Chorus," Kerry Awn's audience-interactive "Yes, My Darling," Ted Meredith and Shaun Branigan's politically astute "Ted for President," and, naturally, the through-the-windows-and-on-Sixth Street, everything-and-the-kitchen-sink, aqualicious closer "Cry Me a River." In each, you find, as I once wrote in these pages (and which Sublett kindly quotes), "the renegade streak running deep in [Austin's] soul" and a "tweaking of the nose of the status quo." Those are qualities, along with a love of revelry, that our citizens see in themselves..."
"...So I put a joke on Facebook to the effect of: "I'm going to start an emo puppet band and call it Fragile Rock." To my surprise, people started signing up to be part of this. First, Shaun Branigan of Esther's Follies, who I had known from my early days at the Velveeta Room, mentioned that he'd be interested in making puppets..."
"..."So I'm writing these songs," says Heilbron, "and I got together with some friends – a bunch of improvisers who are also musicians – and Shaun Branigan, he's an actor at Esther's Follies, he built the puppets. And we made a video, Jessica Gardner directed it..."
"...Top row: (l-r) Ray Anderson, Adam Rodriguez, Keith Kelly, Margaret Wiley Middle row: Jerome Schoolar, Todd Lowe, Tamara Beland, Kerry Awn, Shaun Wainwright-Branigan Bottom row: Cynthia Wood, Shannon Sedwick, and Boni Hester MICHAEL SHELTON..."
"...And you can relish the results this week when Austin Lyric Opera premieres a new version of Die Fledermaus, titled simply The Bat. Though it preserves the music of the original and the basics of the plot, this adaptation by Lyova Rosanoff, Steve Saugey, and Shaun Wainwright-Branigan transports the popular operetta from the capital of Austria to the capital of the Lone Star State, where one may easily find a "flutter-mouse" (to translate the German literally) or two million making their summer home under the bridge of the city's main avenue..."
"...Certainly, much of the tone is set by the text as reinvented by Lyova Rosanoff and Steve Saugey (lyrics) and Shaun Wainwright-Branigan (dialogue). All three have spent years in the vaudeville training ground of Esther's Follies, and their work here shows the same intelligence, ingenuity, and polish that have propelled the Follies' satirical sketches for 30 years..."
"...and the exaggerated pride of a tie-dye wearing, Barton Springs-swimming citizen of South Austin. Shaun Wainwright-Branigan and Meta Rosen superbly topple a naughty Cat in the Hat rhyme routine..."
"...Hislope: I'm not in a ton of actual sketches. There's a sort of sketch crew of the three guys – Ted [Meredith] and Shaun [Wainwright-Branigan] and Donnie [Loa]..."
"...Lyova Rosanoff, Steve Saugey, and Shaun Wainwright-Branigan for their Austintatious libretto to The Bat New Kid on the Block Award..."