Published Jan 27, 2017Bruce McDonald's classic 1996 Canadian rockumentary Hard Core Logo told the story of a self-destructing punk band hitting the road for one last truly disastrous tour of Canada. Now, Toronto's BFL Theatre Company is set to take the movie, based on the novel by Michael Turner, from screen to stage.
Described as "part play, party punk show," Hard Core Logo: Live is adapted for the stage by Michael Scholar Jr. and directed by award-winning Canadian theatre artist Ron Jenkins. A press release reveals that viewers will be "whisked along through cramped back rooms, malodorous dive bars, and dingy roadside rest stops right to the shocking finale of their larger-than-life story."
The adaptation will star Ben Rispin (Joe Dick), Andrew Fleming (Billy Tallent), Michael Dufays (John Oxenberger), Thomas Scott (Pipefitter) and Jennifer Walls (Everyone Else). The production will also feature new songs from D.O.A.'s Joey "Shithead" Keithley with lyrics by Michael Turner.
UPDATE (2/7, 3 p.m. EST): The role of Joe Dick will now be played by Al Nolan (Almighty Trigger Happy), who will be replacing Ben Rispin.
UPDATE (2/23, 11:50 a.m. EST): To give you an idea of what to expect from the show, you can now check out a new behind-the-scenes mini-doc by Jason Bolduc at the bottom of the page.
Hard Core Logo: Live will run from March 9 through 26 in Toronto at Lee's Palace, upstairs in the Cave. Further information on tickets and performances are available through the production's official website.