Edelman: Rockers on Broadway — Bare Naked Ladies — Not Your Granny’s Matinee

Barenaked_Ladies-1With megahit WICKED coming to the Music Hall next week for three big weeks (Oct 9-27), it’s interesting to chart the ever-more intersecting lines between rock and Broadway…
If you grew up on Rodgers & Hammerstein, watch out.WICKED, of course, was written by Stephen Schwartz, who got his start as a Carnegie Mellon undergrad knocking out New Testament rock musical GODSPELL.


Nice payday for a senior thesis, eh? But that’s just the beginning.

Green Day

Green Day

Egads Theater Company offers up the first (in my memory) KC production of the Broadway bomb CARRIE: THE MUSICAL (tonight thru Nov 2 at Off Center Theatre in Crown Center). This stage adaptation of the Stephen King horrorshow boasts music by Dean Pitchford, who collaborated with a slew of rock writers on “Footloose,” “Almost Paradise” and a string of KY and KUDL hits.

The Kauffman Center hosts Green Day‘s Broadway musical AMERICAN IDIOT for three shows Jan 11-12. The Little K continues to rock with the Tony nominated BRING IT ON (Feb 11-16), propelled by a hip hop score from freestyle rapper (and Tony Award winner) Lynn Manuel Miranda.

shakespeare-my-buttEven those rocking aces BARE NAKED LADIES have caught the theater bug, though I doubt they’ll be reprising any tunes from their score for Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT at their upcoming gig at the Uptown (Thur, Oct 10). That show went down a few years back at Canada’s Stratford Festival. BNL lead singer Steven Page told one scribe “it’s a gift” to write music with William Shakespeare–Page’s lyricist on the project.

Who knew the Bard could rock?


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2 Responses to Edelman: Rockers on Broadway — Bare Naked Ladies — Not Your Granny’s Matinee

  1. Josef Lacy says:

    To avoid confusion if anyone is going to the show, Steven Page hasn’t been in Barenaked Ladies for four years.

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