New York Intl. Fringe Fest alum “The Fartiste,” which won the fest’s 2006 award for tuner, is gearing up for a commercial Off Broadway production this summer.
Newbie producer Diane Procter, a Gotham-based architect, has collected a chunk of the funding for the musical, budgeted at about $1 million, and the production team, which includes helmer John Gould Rubin, will begin scouting for a theater in the coming months.
With music and lyrics by Michael Roberts (“Golf: The Musical”) and book by Charlie Schulman (based on his screenplay), show chronicles the true story of Joseph Pujol, the performer who caused a sensation in fin-de-siecle Paris with his musical flatulence. Richard Move choreographs.
In the Fringe production, comedian Steven Scott was the onstage provider of sound effects (with his mouth); Scott is expected to reprise his role Off Broadway. Full cast will have 13 members, along with seven musicians.
“We’ve tried to replicate the showman’s spectacle of Pujol, cloaked in the garb of a traditional heartfelt musical,” Gould said.