The interactive show got underway at Webster Hall on July 23. It is described as being in the audience-participation tradition of Tony & Tina’s Wedding and The Donkey Show. Performances are Friday evenings only. Creator Ken Davenport presents the new piece, which takes audiences back to 1989, after Culture Club and Duran Duran's heyday, but before hip hop took over the airways. "Prepare yourself for a unique theatrical experience that will take you back in time — think 'Pretty in Pink,' 'The Breakfast Club' . . . or any movie that featured Molly Ringwald!," reads press material. "All your favorite characters from your favorite ‘80s movies are represented ...from the captain of the football team to the Asian exchange student, as we watch them all compete for Prom King and Prom Queen.. and just like 'American Idol,' the audience gets to pick the winner!"
The cast features Sheila Berezan, Anne Bobby, Nicole Cicchella, Stephen Guarino, Jeff Hiller, Emily McNamara, Troy Metcalf, Jenna Pace, Brian Peterson, Jessica West Regan, Kathy Searle, Noah Weisberg, Brandon Williams, Simon Wong, Fletcher Young and "a special guest star."
Webster Hall, an East Village institution which once served as a dance hall and site of mass marriages, has hosted the Obie Awards for the past several years, and is located at 125 East 11th Street. Performances are on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 PM. Tickets are $59.75. For more information visit www.awesome80sprom.com. For tickets call (212) 352-3101.