Enter Brett Johnson ’07, a comedian and writer for short films, who studied theatre arts and political studies while completing his undergraduate degree at Gordon.
When ImprovBoston’s audition notice for T: A MBTA Musical crossed his desk, his personal experiences with the T and its cast of characters fitted perfectly. Though he was finishing shooting for his recent short film Albionic for the Boston Film Festival, he took on a split-role for the production, including the fun and mysterious character of Charlie. The show sold out for every performance, including two extensions of the musical due to popular demand.
T chronicles the journey of three 20-somethings whose lives have been derailed by the MBTA’s many imperfections. When they discover a secret map that will enable them to conquer the shortcomings of the T, they set forth on a colorful journey—equal parts love story, melodrama, and scavenger hunt—under the city of Boston.
Photo: The Metro newspaper features a spread on the popular ImprovBoston production. Johnson’s character, Charlie (center/gray hat with red stripe), takes a lead role. From flashmobs on the T to reviews in every newspaper in the city, the sold-out production was a comedic hit in Beantown.