James Carmichael penned the work based on the 1960's FBI investigation into the lyrics of the hit song. Stomp and Shout begins performances May 29 and officially opens June 1 at the 45th Street Theatre.
"As the nation stumbles into the heart of the 60's, two dedicated agents probe the mystery of the incomprehensible song, each step bringing them deeper into a tangled web of Governors, record impresarios, R&B men, and a youth culture waiting to explode," press notes state. "While one agent's obsession grows, the other finds the line between his personal and professional lives blurring. Stomp and Shout is 'Dragnet' meets 'American Bandstand,' capturing a moment in American history when pop, politics, and the American Dream collided to create something entirely new."
Geordie Broadwater will direct the production that features Christopher Rubin ("Law & Order"), Geraldine Bartlett (True West), Brian D. Coats (Two Gentleman of Verona), Carolyn McCandlish (Donnie Darko), William Jackson Harper (Queens Boulevard The Musical), Katrina Foy (The Barber of Seville), Cary McClelland, Joe Mullen, Frank Rodriguez, Jeremy Schwartz, Joe C. Sullivan and Andrew Zimmerman.
The Stomp and Shout creative team includes Eric Southern (lighting designer), Tristan Jeffers (scenic designer) Becky Lasky (costume designer) and Matt Hubbs (sound designer).
The limited engagement runs through June 21 at the 45th Street Theatre, located at 354 West 45th Street in Manhattan. For tickets call (212) 352-3101. For more information visit www.babeltheatreproject.org
The Babel Theatre Project, founded in 2004, is dedicated to supporting playwrights at each step of the creative process. In 2005 Babel produced the world premiere of Jamie Carmichael's Pilgrims, directed by co-founder and artistic director Geordie Broadwater. The production played both New York and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to warm acclaim.