The new rock musical Wrong Way UP [sic], which began performances at New York City's Red Line Theater Oct. 19 cut short its open-ended run at the space because the theatre itself is being shut down.
The downtown home to New York Performance Works, Cold Productions and other companies was to be vacated by Nov. 15 according to the press spokesman. It is speculated that the space at 128 Chambers Street which held two houses (a 99- and a 45-seat theater) will be turned into a store for the Banana Republic chain.
The Cold Productions and Andrew McTiernan production ran its final performance Nov. 13. The production and the companies involved have no further plans as of yet but will be searching for a new home.
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) directed 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's Where Everything Is Everything with Paul Sparks and Tony Award-winner Daisy Eagan.
For more information on the show, visit The Niagaras website at www.theniagaras.com
— by Ernio Hernandez