SEEKING ACTOR-SINGERS FOR A ZOOM READING JANUARY 22, 2023 AT 2PM (NEW YORK TIME) OF “THAT JONES BOY! OR, THE ADVENTURES OF A BASTARD.”

Robert D. Carver
2 min readJan 2, 2023

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This is the latest incarnation, with “Music Newly Realized by” Michael Matasci, of my now more-than-50-year old adaptation of Henry Fielding’s classic novel TOM JONES as a Musical Comedy of Manners. Written in the style of the late 18th century for a 21st century audience, this combines the elements of a farcical, bawdy bed-hopping romp with social satire of both the period in which it is set and our own time and an archetypal coming of age story about a young man seeking his place in society.

Our hero, only in his late teens, is banished from the only home he’s ever known — that of his adoptive father — on a trumped-up charge of licentious behavior and begins a picaresque journey from the western English county of Somerset to London, which was then the most populous, wealthiest, not to mention dangerous city in Europe. On his way, he encounters a wide variety of colorful characters, each of whom contributes to his education and maturation.

These include characters from the lowest of the low class (harlots, thieves and soldiers) at roadside taverns to the creme-de-la-creme of high society (snobbish pseudo-sophisticates) who hobnob with younger members of the royal family at high society watering holes like Vauxhall Gardens, where they indulge in masquerades and sexual peccadillos in the bushes. Tom finds himself drawn into their games and even becomes the paid lover of a titled lady of both leisure and somewhat tarnished reputation.

His misadventures eventually lead him to the gallows where he is about to be hanged (or well-hung) for attempted robbery and murder before he is rescued and all is happily resolved and we return to the stage of the Theatre Royal at Drury Lane, where all the action has transpired as part of a “musical-within-a-musical.”

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