Excerpts of White Noise, the Musical, Stream Live May 11; Run to End Three Weeks Early

News   Excerpts of White Noise, the Musical, Stream Live May 11; Run to End Three Weeks Early Pieces of the provocative new musical White Noise, about a rock band with White Supremacy on its playlist, get heard in a May 11 concert streamed live over the internet. The Broadway-aimed musical is currently being seen in a world-premiere staging in Chicago through May 15. The closing date represents a run shortened by three weeks; it was originally announced to close June 5.

MacKenzie Mauzy and company
MacKenzie Mauzy and company Photo by Carol Rosegg

The May 11 presentation from the Royal George Theatre in Chicago will be seen at 3 PM (CST); it's not the full show. The concert will feature cast commentary and six musical numbers from the musical, including "Mondays Suck," "Hip Hop Country," "Welcome to Eden," "Life, Liberty & Happiness" and "W.T.F." and the newly added romantic ballad "Fireworks."

The event can be seen at www.whitenoisemusical.com/live. "This live event is provided in conjunction with Ustream, the world's largest live streaming broadcaster that receives over 60 million unique visitors a month," according to a statement.

Whoopi Goldberg (a producer of Sister Act, Thoroughly Modern Millie) is one of the musical's producers. The next step for White Noise, after Chicago, has not been announced.

Director-choreographer Sergio Trujillo said in a statement, "Our time in Chicago has been remarkable. White Noise is the type of show that redefines our ideas of what musical theatre is, and what it can do. We look forward to our next steps and we thank our Chicago audiences for the role they have have played in the development of White Noise."

White Noise features a book by Matte O'Brien and music and lyrics by Robert Morris, Steven Morris and Joe Shane. White Noise was originally conceived by Ryan J. Davis, with story and characters by Joe Drymala. The production features musical direction by Jesse Vargas, set design by Robert Brill, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lights by Jason Lyons, sound by Garth Helm and multi-media design by Raj Kapoor. Here's how the producer characterize the show: "White Noise pulls back the curtain at a major record label where a top-selling producer stirs up an explosive cocktail of shock and spin with a splash of controversy to package talented artists into blockbuster stars. Steadily baited by the lure of mainstream fame and power, two diametrically opposed groups — White Noise, an irresistible pop band that churns out catchy tunes of coded rhetoric and Bloodbrothas, the hip-hop-turned-gangsta rap duo — meet at the top of the charts and collide with consequence. Inspired by real life, White Noise is a timely and cautionary tale that challenges conventional notions of free speech, media and the power of pop culture."

Tickets are available at the Royal George box office, 1641 N. Halsted Street, by phone (312) 988-9000, online through TicketMaster or www.whitenoisemusical.com.

Student Rush tickets are available at the Royal George box office for $20. Student tickets must be purchased in-person with a student I.D.

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