The Who had their Tommy, Paul Simon had his short-lived The Capeman, and even Sebastian Bach was in Jekyll & Hyde. So now it's time for the The Niagaras to offer their new rock musical Wrong Way UP [sic] at the New York Performance Works' Red Line Theater Oct. 19. The Cold Productions and Andrew McTiernan production opens its official open-ended run Oct. 26.
The Niagaras frontmen Robert Whaley and Tony Grimaldi's Wrong Way UP follows the life of a misguided rebel from his youth to adulthood. Set in such New York locales as Syracuse and the Big Apple itself, the story explores preconceived notions about family, identity and success.
Trent Jones (It Girl) directs the musical which marks the sophomore stage production for the Whaley-Grimaldi team. Their debut, The Niagara Follies, played Off Off Broadway at the One Dream Theatre. The duo also did the score for the film "Joe The King" with John Leguizamo, Val Kilmer and Ethan Hawke.
Cold Productions and McTiernan (of The New York Performance Group) recently co- produced the Off Broadway show Joe Fearless (a fan dance) and Stephen Spoonamore'sWhere Everything Is Everything with Paul Sparks and Tony Award-winner Daisy Eagan.
For tickets to the Wrong Way UP, at the Red Line, 128 Chambers Street (between W. Broadway and Church St.), call (212) 479-8582. For more information on the show, visit The Niagaras website at www.theniagaras.com -- by Ernio Hernandez