The Kinks’ ‘Lola’ to be Presented as One Man Virtual Show
If you are itching for some semblance of live theater mixed with rock and roll, one man will satisfy that craving with a virtual one-man show presentation of The Kinks classic, 1970 album Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One.
The play–dubbed The Moneygoround--stars U.K. actor, playwright and poet Ben Norris as the lead character. It was was co-written by Kinks founder Ray Davies and Paul Sirett, a British playwright with whom he previously collaborated on the 2008 stage musical Come Dancing and a 2019 BBC radio play inspired by the 1969 Kinks album, Arthur. Interludes of archival footage and the recently released lyric videos for the songs “Lola” and “Any Time 2020” from the Lola Versus Powerman reissue will also be included in the event.
“The Moneygoround is a one-man show documenting a character facing the challenging circumstances of making an album under extreme pressure,” Davies explains. “This play, similar to a psychodrama, follows the ups and downs of the character as he plays out events in his life. He confronts the dark forces surrounding him after falling into an emotional and financial ‘hole’ eventually he is saved by a song after confiding in his friend, Lola.”
To watch, check out The Kinks’ YouTube channel on Friday, January 29, at 3 p.m. ET.