Directed and choreographed by Broadway vet Twyla Tharp, the plot chronicles a low-rent traveling circus run by Captain Arab (Paul Kandel), and his son Coyote’s (Michael Arden) longings for a world outside of the family business. The story also details Coyote’s love for a young animal trainer, Cleo (Jenn Colella), who is exploited by Arab. The musical references such Dylan tunes as “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream,” in which Arab is a character, and “Ballad of Hollis Brown,” which features the lyrics: “Way out in the wilderness/A cold coyote calls.”
The Times They Are A-Changin’, which plans to move to Broadway, follows a series of musicals built around rock music, including the Elvis Presley-inspired All Shook Up, the John Lennon-inspired Lennon, the Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations and the Billy Joel-inspired Movin’ Out — Tharp’s previous concept musical.
Tickets for the show, which is scheduled to run through March 5th, are on sale at oldglobe.org.