For a certain kind of person, “Jaws” is one of the most satisfying movies ever. If you’re like us, you watched the movie several times before reading Peter Benchley’s great beach read that inspired it.
In 2005, Marty Barrett and Brian Descheneaux began writing a rock opera that told the story of “Jaws” from the shark’s point of view, employing elements of both the book and the movie, commenting on them, and making each character an iconic rock opera demigod in the tradition of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
In 2007 a version of “All That Jaws” premiered at the Out of Bounds West festival in Santa Monica, CA. It was midnight, and the cast and band (about 20 people) numbered about 2/3 the size of the audience. Nevertheless, it killed.
“This is the best show I have ever seen,” one audience member said, “and I hate musicals.”
Barrett and Descheneaux immediately repaired to a studio in “Great” Wrightwood, CA to begin producing a cast recording to shop to producers with a great deal more money than they.
And that is when things started going south. Interminable studio delays at this mountaintop, snowbound recording facility were so frustrating that Barrett and Descheneaux started Fogelfoot just to get back to performing again.
Fogelfoot has flourished while “All That Jaws” has languished (though the band plays “Unfriendly Waters” and “Show Me the Way to Indianapolis” from ATJ during its set).
Show Me the Way to Indianapolis