The Performers

The Performers, starring Henry “The Fonz” Winkler, Alicia Silverstone, Cheyenne Jackson, Ari Graynor, Daniel Breaker and Jenni Barber was playwright David West Read’s Broadway debut. A hilarious, charming and surprisingly sweet look at the world of adult movies, it was directed by Evan Cabbet and featured music by Julian Fleisher. Eschewing the predictable “bow-chicka-bow-bow” so closely associated with the world of porn, Julian’s music was a jazzy, Vegas-tinged tribute both to the boulevard sex farces of yesteryear and the setting for the play’s hijinks, two adjoining rooms in a Las Vegas hotel room.

Sadly, The Performers ran headlong into a force of nature even greater than a bad review in the New York Times: Super-Storm Sandy. The fledgling show couldn’t withstand the battering that nature dealt during the week of it’s opening and it closed soon thereafter, much to the chagrin of the many folks who caught it in previews and told their friends to run, not walk, to the beautiful Longacre Theater to catch it. Happily, though, the music lives on and you can hear it here, but here are some samples to whet your whistle…