The Big Bang
Reviewed by David Kashimba
Photo by Eric Chazankin

Taking you back to the beginning of time, the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa presents The Big Bang by Boyd Graham and Jed Feuer. Billed to be the most expensive musical ever with a cast of hundreds of thousands, it covers life from the beginning of the universe to the present in about an hour and a half with no intermission.

Of course you’re only getting the abbreviated cast of three version, a gleaming of the extravaganza that will come once they raise enough money to put the full-scale production on. Boyd (Mark Bradbury), Jed (Tadd Cohen) and Albert (Lucas Sherman) invite you into a ritzy Park Avenue apartment that they’re borrowing for the evening from one of their potential backers. Since they have no sets or costumes yet, they make due with what they find in the apartment. When in need of a Roman toga, they simply rip a piece of the curtains from the windows, and when needing a headdress for an Egyptian queen, they grab the nearest lampshade.

Of course it’s all in fun and full of bad and corny jokes like the Adam and Eve scene where Eve says about Adam: “I think he cheats on me with a chimpanzee.” Or when they take us into the Middle Ages, “where everyone is 40.” The songs have that same humor but are very entertaining and electronic keyboardist Lucas Sherman is excellent.

If you’re looking for a night of fun entertainment where you could really let your hair down and put a lampshade on your head if you feel like it, this show is for you. For tickets or more information call (707) 523-4185 or visit

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