Marijuana Musical Satire Reefer Madness with Stage Stars Debuts on Showtime, April 16

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The musical marijuana satire Reefer Madness camps it up on the small screen with Alan Cumming, Christian Campbell, Kristen Bell, Neve Campbell, Steven Weber, Ana Gasteyer and more when Showtime premieres the movie April 16.
Steven Weber in Reefer Madness
Steven Weber in Reefer Madness Photo by Paul Michaud/Showtime

The screen adaptation of the musical — which reteams the show's original collaborators — composer Kevin Murphy, lyricist Dan Studney and director Andy Fickman — will first air on the cable network at 8 PM (ET) and rerun it several times. Check your local listings. Reefer Madness is based on a 1936 cautionary film meant to discourage young people from using marijuana. The film has since gained a cult following — amusing rather than enlightening audiences. The film version debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Original Off-Broadway co-stars Christian Campbell ("All My Children," tick...tick...BOOM! national tour), Kristen Bell (The Crucible, "Veronica Mars"), John Kassir ("Tales from the Crypt") and Robert Torti (Starlight Express) reprise their roles for the movie. Campbell's sister Neve Campbell ("Party of Five," "The Company") is also featured in the film with Alan Cumming (Cabaret), Steven Weber (The Producers), Amy Spanger (Urinetown, Chicago) and Ana Gasteyer (The Rocky Horror Show).

"As anyone who has experimented with drugs knows, it leads to orgies and cannibalism," Weber quipped to Playbill.com columnist Michael Buckley. To read more from the cast, click into the Channeling Theatre column.

Gregg Edelman (Wonderful Town) and Michele Pawk (Hollywood Arms) were among the cast of the stageshow, which had choreography from pop star and "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul. Andy Fickman, who directed the acclaimed west coast staging of Reefer Madness, returned to direct for the 2001 Off-Broadway run at the Variety Arts Theatre.

For more info and complete schedule, visit the official website at www.sho.com.

Neve Campbell (center) leads the company in a dance number from <i>Reefer Madness</i>
Neve Campbell (center) leads the company in a dance number from Reefer Madness Photo by James Dittiger/Showtime
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