Musical satire to open Sept. 3
One of the hits of last summer’s New York Intl. Fringe Festival, the musical political satire “Walmartopia,” will have a commercial run, opening Sept. 3 at Off Broadway’s Minetta Lane Theater.With a book by Catherine Capellaro and music and lyrics by Andrew Rohn, the show skewers the world’s largest company via the vicissitudes of a single mom and Wal-Mart employee, who speaks out against working conditions and ends up transported with her daughter to 2036, when Wal-Mart rules the planet. Daniel Goldstein will direct, with choreography by Wendy Seyb. Show starts previews Aug. 21. Also springboarding from a hit Fringe fest debut to an open-ended Off Broadway run in the fall is “Silence! The Musical,” a singing-dancing parody of Jona-than Demme’s 1991 serial killer chiller “The Silence of the Lambs,” replete with a Greek chorus of woolly bleaters. The tuner spoof starts previews early September at 45 Bleecker in director-choreographer Christopher Gattelli’s production, which was the first Fringe show to sell out its entire run in a 300-seat theater and was awarded the event’s outstanding musical prize. Originally penned as a film project, “Silence!” has music and lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan. The brothers’ original book, based on Ted Tally’s screenplay, was adapted by Hunter Bell, who had an Off Broadway hit last year with “[title of show].” John Pinckard, Mark Hartman and Brian J. Nash will produce. Cast has not yet been set.