BASTARD JONES stars Evan Ruggiero and Elena Wang
were BOTH nominated for the Clive Barnes Award...
and in January 2018, EVAN WON!

Evan accepting the Award as Emcee Michael Riedel of the NY Post looks on... 

At the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center
with most of the cast
Read about it in PLAYBILL

"...catchy songs, reminiscent of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s poprock catalog... 
Bastard Jones' nonjudgmental approach to sex and disability, and its brash 
desire to entertain, are winning." 

TIME OUT NY  - ✪✪✪✪
"Ladies can’t keep their hands off the illegitimate but well-favored hero of Marc Acito and Amy Engelhardt’s ribald new musical comedy. Bastard Jones is randy yet ingenuous; it’s like a very bawdy Disney movie, with hummable pop music to match. If this smartly plotted and irrepressible musical moves beyond the Cell, the show has legitimate potential."

"A sold out sensation, Acito and Engelhardt manage to imbue this shagadelic 
rock musical comedy with sweetness and soul."

"If I could fill this review with synonyms for “brilliant” it still wouldn’t be enough, or do justice to just how good Bastard Jones is... Through all the rollicking and romping in the style of a British farce there is brilliant comedic timi
ng, catchy, powerful songs and outstanding physical comedy."

"The lovably silly and immensely tuneful version offered by Amy Engelhardt (music/lyrics) and Marc Acito (book/lyrics/direction) is a decidedly American, pop rock charmer."

“Engelhardt’s music is tastefully varied, making bold choices even in comedic numbers. 
The lyrics seem to inject adrenaline into the satire of yesteryear, adding a little modern obscenity to keep things fresh...This adaptation highlights the joy of sexuality, and leads 
by example with a talented, diverse cast.” 

"A ribald, raucous and bawdy pop rock musical by Marc Acito and Amy Engelhardt (of the Grammy Award winning a Capella group The Bobs)…The bouncy rock score by Engelhardt to witty lyrics by Acito and Engelhardt has discernable influences in Gilbert & Sullivan, Cole Porter and 60’s British pop songs. The clever songs have pertinent and revealing titles...Sophisticated and off-color, naughty but nice, it proves to be a sharp and irreverent entertainment."

Watch the Promo Video for BASTARD JONES
Originally a PLAYBILL exclusive
"The Pursuit of Happiness" (pop edit)