F*CK7THGRADE (concert film version) by Jill Sobule, with text by Liza Birkenmeier. City Theatre, streams now through June 30.
Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule’s rough 7th grade year turned her into the successful person and recording artist that she is today. Her F*ck7thGrade musical was originally slated to be the last play of City Theatre’s 2019-2020 season, but unfortunately was cancelled due to covid, with City deciding to turn it into a concert film. It was shot in August of last year at Hazelwood Green in advance of City’s Drive-in Arts Festival. Sobule tells funny, and sometimes painful stories about her 7th grade life. One humorous story is about Sobule riding around Denver, Colorado on her Raleigh blue chopper bicycle. Other personal themes include coming of age sexually, and achieving success in the music industry. The concert film is a very pleasing mix of Sobule’s hit songs, including the iconic “I Kissed a Girl,” performed with her full band, and stories from her life. See our story on the production. (R.H.)