Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: The rock opera about yeast. Yes, yeast.

Rock operas—or at least musicals based on rock songs—have become a big deal over the last couple of decades. Look at what Green Day did with American Idiot, for example.  And because many of these productions have been big successes, there’s no sign that the rock opera is going away anytime soon.

But maybe we’re running dry on ideas. As proof, I present Yeast Town, a rock musical that was based on yeast. Yes, the little things that make bread rise and cause infections, you know, down there.

So what could such a production be all about? Let me quote from the show’s producers:

In the year 3,000,458,000 B.C., the salt-eating yeasts are the only living creatures on earth, and they’re up against a food shortage, a strange new emotion called “love” and the oppression of a tyrannical king. When the king’s dreamer of a son ventures out of the known yeastiverse, the yeasts’ story – and ours – is changed forever. 


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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