Off B'way preem not just for stoners
“Reefer Madness” opened Off Broadway on Sunday, the day the U.S. declared war on the Taliban and the roof of 103 Third Ave., site of the show’s post-perf party five stories below, billowed huge plumes of white smoke as theatergoers entered the Variety Arts across the street.
Three hours later, the Cafe deVille was smoke-free, not counting the 100 or so cigarettes burning, and only a black plastic tarp over a portion of the ceiling gave any indication of former problems up above.
In a festive mood regardless, “Reefer” composer Dan Studney made his entrance in platinum blond wig, glitter makeup and a coffin-load of velvet. “It’s glam rock meets Mozart,” explained Studney, who said the evening marked his first foray into public drag. “Why not? It’s my first musical.”
More traditionally attired, “Reefer” lyricist Kevin Murphy said the team was at work on a followup musical. “It’s called ‘Harmony.’ We did a pilot for ABC,” said Murphy who wrote for TV’s “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” with Studney. “It’s about a student who gives up law school to write musicals.”
“Reefer” terpsichorean Paula Abdul may be set for another choreography gig. “Jimmy Jr. and Sr. said they want me to do more shows!” Abdul said of the show’s producer James L. Nederlander Jr. and his legend of a dad.
“I can’t believe we finally made it in spite of everything!” exclaimed “Reefer” star Christian Campbell, who has been with the show since its first incarnation in Los Angeles two years ago. Sister Neve Campbell arrived with John Cusack, who, taking a sartorial tip from the mayor, maintained his usual low-profile under an NYPD baseball cap.