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‘Fartiste’ to Off Broadway

Former Fringe show to open next month

Former Fringe Festival musical “The Fartiste” lands Off Broadway next month in a commerical run.

Show had its preem at the 2006 New York Intl. Fringe Festival, where it won one of the fest’s top tuner kudos. New incarnation will see the production open at Sophia’s Downstairs, the venue where “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Etiquette” opened last year and is still running, with “Fartiste” playing in rep with “Abigail.”

Kevin Kraft, Steven Scott, Tonya Wathen, Nick Wyman (“Catch Me If You Can”), Lindsay Roginski, Herndon Lackey and Rachel Kopf star in the show about the real-life Moulin Rouge performer whose on-command flatulence made him popular. Charlie Schulman pens the book, and Michael Roberts provides the score.

Tuner follows in the footsteps of another Fringe alum with a wacky title, “Silence! The Musical,” which opened Off Broadway over the summer and is playing an extended run. “Fartiste” uses the flexibility of Off Broadway scheduling to run fewer perfs (five instead of the usual eight) and to concentrate them in more audience-friendly weekend slots. The Shulberts, the producing entity led by the tuner’s two creatives, will produce with Robert Dragotta and co-producers Stephen Hanks and Diane Proctor. “Fartiste” begins previews Oct. 9 ahead of an Oct. 27 opening.

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