Marijuana musical comes to Portland

February 23rd, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine has hundreds of licensed caregivers cultivating marijuana for people with health issues. As the cottage industry booms, it was only a matter of time before someone set it to music.

Jonathan Leavitt of Sumner, is taking a crack with “Somewhere, Maine: The Marijuana Musical.”

Coming to Port City Music Hall on April 20, the theatrical romp follows a cast of characters working on a pot farm in western Maine in 2009. They dance, sing, perform burlesque and put a new spin on misunderstood and oft-maligned industry.

Leavitt, who led the 2009 medical marijuana initiative in Maine, didn’t have to dig deep for material.

“The characters are all about people whose lives are real,” said the marijuana farmer, writer, activist and musician who runs Open Sky Farm in Sumner. “It’s an interesting story about a guy whose children are taken away because of marijuana.

“Let’s just say this story is very familiar to me,” he said.

The all-Maine cast consists of actors and musicians from Oxford County and the Portland area.

There’s Jezebel, a home-schooled Christian girl trying to save souls through music; sensuous healer Mother Mary Jane, who runs a smoke easy; and Joe Oliver, a war veteran returning home from Afghanistan with “some serious PTSD issues,” said Leavitt.

The drama unfolds at the home of country music outlaw Johnny Crashed, played by Leavitt.

Leavitt’s alter ego, Crashed, composed original music such as “Redneck Revenge” and “Home Schooled Christian Girl” for the show. Dancing is encouraged.

“There are elements of comedy and drama, dance,” said director

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