Musical based on 1936 marijuana film
After “Urinetown” and “Bat Boy,” is Gotham ready for another snarky, tiny tuner?The Nederlanders say yes. The mighty legit org is putting its muscle behind “Reefer Madness,” a musical based on the 1936 marijuana film that became a cult classic on college campuses in the late 1960s. James L. Nederlander is producing with Verna Harrah in association with Nathaniel Kramer. Previews are skedded to begin Sept. 15 at the Variety Arts Theater, longtime home of “Dinner With Friends.” A mid-October opening is planned. Christian Campbell will star as the young man who ruins his life after one puff of the weed. Kristen Bell, Gregg Edelman, John Kasir, Erin Matthews, Michele Pawk and Robert Torti round out the cast. Stoking the fire “Reefer Madness,” the musical, premiered at L.A.’s Hudson Backstage Theater on April 30, 1999. There was talk to bring the show to Gotham as soon as “Dinner With Friends” closed this May. While the Variety Arts was suddenly available, “Reefer’s” director, Andy Fickman, already had started work on his first feature film, “Where’s Your Daddy?,” hence the delay to autumn. Paula Abdul is the choreographer.