Music

HOMETOWN HEROES

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Music factors prominently into Jonathan Lethem’s Fortress of Solitude, in which the central, superhero-obesessed best buds-in-the-face-of-rampant-gentrification Dylan and Mingus jam to The Sugarhill Gang, Lou Reed, N.W.A., and Run DMC. So it’s no wonder that this, of all Lethem’s locally-set work, has been made into a musical for the stage. The project of director Daniel Aukin (Bad Jews, 4000 Miles), it features a score by composer/lyricist Michael Friedman, who previously worked on the Pub’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and bookwriter Itamar Moses of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. With the source material’s focus on race relations, New York City’s turbulent 1970s, and the beginning of Brooklyn’s turn toward its eventual Williamsburgian outcome, the story makes for an especially relevant adaptation.

Oct. 23-Nov. 8, 8 p.m., 2014