Michael Herrmann, who penned the musical's book, told Playbill.com that a showcase performance of Gabba will be presented March 19, 2006, at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX. An Off-Broadway run at New York's Zipper Theater is expected in May. Casting for the U.S. productions will be announced at a later date.
The U.S. creative team will include Herrmann (writer/producer), Tommy Ramone (music director) and Nick Sheppard (music arranger).
Theatregoers will hear such tunes as "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Beat on the Brat," "Biltzkrieg Bop," "53rd & 3rd" and "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker."
Librettist Herrmann said in a previous statement, "Gabba Gabba Hey! is a fun show that aims to reinvent the traditional stage musical for performance in rock clubs. As the first musical to celebrate the perennially popular music of New York’s rock scene — specifically, the Ramones and New York Dolls — this show has a definite edge and attitude, in keeping with the aesthetic demands of its target audience. But Gabba is also very sweet and lyrical."
About Gabba, Herrmann added, "Think Grease-on-speed and you’re on the money — albeit with a generous dollop of colorful Lower East Side characters. With 18 high energy Ramones songs and a rather touching love story all performed in 70 minutes, Gabba Gabba Hey! is streetwise yet heartfelt; retro but also new and innovative. Plus there’s not a dull moment in it, I promise!"