Fringe Winner Fartiste Looking Toward Off-Broadway Run

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The new musical The Fartiste, which made its world premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2006, will likely arrive Off-Broadway this summer.

Variety reports that Diane Procter, who is a New York-based architect, will soon begin a search for an appropriate theatre to house the musical, which was penned by Charlie Schulman (book) and Michael Roberts (music and lyrics). Steven Scott, who headed the Fringe cast, is expected to reprise his role in the commercial production, which will feature 13 actors and seven musicians. The Fartiste, according to press notes, is "the strange but very true story of Joseph Pujol. Pujol was an ordinary French baker with a case of ambition and an unusual and ass-tonishing talent — the ability to manipulate a limitless supply of odorless gas from his rectum — fashioning an amazing assortment of musical numbers, imitations and ass-tounding tricks. With focused determination, Pujol took his talent to the famous Moulin Rouge where he put his baker’s hat behind him as his derriere soon catapulted him to stardom."

John Gould Rubin, who directed the summer 2006 run, will also repeat his duties Off-Broadway. The creative team will also include Clint Ramos (set design), Nicole Pearce (lighting) and Elizabeth Rhodes (sound). An August opening is expected.

The Fartiste was one of three musicals that won the Fringe Festival's 2006 Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Musical. The other two titles were 58! A Comedy About Bike Messengering and Fallen Angel.

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