Last Friday I was invited to see Sinking Ships Production of Powerhouse, a new work based on the life of Raymond Scott. Powerhouse played to sold out crowds at the 2009 Fringe Festival, was extended, and won an award for Outstanding Ensemble.

Powerhouse is comprised of seven incredibly talented performers. The story of Scott and his family is extremely compelling, and even heartbreaking at times, as we follow him on his journey to basically start the electronic music genre. This oftentimes forgotten musical genius contributed so much to swing and electric music and it’s nice to see him getting recognition, even if it’s just in a small theatre downtown.

While I didn’t love it, I certainly thought it was worth a viewing if you like things like indie theatre and swing music.Powerhouse is playing now through November 23rd at the New Ohio Theater on Christopher Street. More information can be found here.