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Published: 2005/08/09

Shakedown in NYC

We may well keep it all Jerry Garcia/Grateful Dead-related here at today. First up is a reminder that this Saturday marks the New York premiere of the musical comedy Shakedown Street. Michael Norman Mann has written the book and the score is drawn from the catalogue of Garcia/Robert Hunter songs with five new compositions written by Hunter and Greg Anton as well as one by Hunter and Mickey Hart. The story, which takes places in San Francisco during the 1940s is that of a down-and-out private investigator whom finds himself in debt to a local thug and forced to take a shady assignment to foil a blackmail scheme involving a beautiful lounge singer and a power-hungry judge, all the while trying to come to terms with haunting memories of what his life could have been. The case takes a dramatic turn when it is learned that a fortune in Spanish gold may very well be hidden in the old Mission downtown. Shakedown Street will run at The Village Theatre on Bleecker Street through August 25 with the full schedule available at the Shakedown Street website.

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