“The Original Black Crook ran over five hours, and judging from the florid verbiage and boilerplate songs, it would certainly be less compelling than Gelb’s imaginative treatment of it. The message here is that ingenuity and energy on a small stage easily trump empty spectacle.” – Backstage, March 9, 2007, Marc Miller

Joshua William Gelb is a New York-based theater-maker, director, performer, and librettist, whose work ranges from devised physical theater, to stylized adaptations of classics, to original musicals. Gelb’s work is known to feature striking integrations of music, movement, clowning, and dance, finding elements of complex spectacle in even the most commonplace sources. Devoted to telling stories of epic proportions, his propulsive, rapid-fire productions, weave gracefully, often athletically, through large expanses of time and space, shifting perspective, and eschewing fourth-wall realism. He believes that art and entertainment are not mutually exclusive. Recent projects include Bear Slayer, Ars Nova’s Ant Fest; Party in the USA, Incubator Arts Project, Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Underbelly; A Nutcracker, Knockdown Center; Love My Band, Dixon Place; Dukus, Target Margin; Sometimes in Prague, Ice Factory and Joe’s Pub; and Blind Alley Guy, Incubator Arts Project. With Room5001 Theater, Gelb conceived and directed the notoriously revisionist, all-male Man of La Mancha and adapted/directed a re-envisioning of America’s supposed first musical, The Black Crook. Gelb is a Carnegie Mellon John Wells Directing Fellow and a member of the 2012 Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

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Party in the USA (2015)
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