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Cult Musical ‘Inappropriate’ Gears Up for L.A. Revival

Updated teen tuner will play in a workshop staging with an eye toward New York

Big Block Theatrical, a new legit arm of VFX firm Big Block, will revive 1999 musical “Inappropriate” in an L.A. workshop staging this fall, with an eye toward returning the Off Broadway alum to Gotham.

A pop-rock tuner with material drawn from the journals of teens, “Inappropriate” followed its 1999 Off Broadway run with a stint in Los Angeles. Big Block Theatrical’s Scott Prisand, a producer of Main Stem titles including “Rock of Ages,” said he got the ball rolling on the new production after a song from the show, which he saw in L.A. 13 years ago, unexpectedly popped into his head.

“Inappropriate” has a book by Lonnie McNeil and Michael Sottile and songs by Sottile, who also co-directs with choreographer Ray Leeper (“So You Think You Can Dance,” “The X Factor”). Sottile has been adding material to the musical since its original run; Prisand estimates more than half the new production is different from the 2000 incarnation.

Show features a cast of about 10, including an onstage DJ, chronicling the lives of contempo youths and the issues they face. Producers imagine a future life for the musical could include a run at an Off Broadway venue such as New World Stages, where “Rock of Ages” played prior to its Rialto transfer.

Big Block Theatrical, whose exec team includes Scott Benson and Jamie Bendell, is also attached to the musical version of “Heathers,” now running in L.A. and targeting a future New York life as well.

“Inappropriate” runs Nov. 14-24 at the Odyssey Theater.

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