Cast of Comedians Set for New York Premiere of Ha! The Musical

By Andrew Gans
09 Jul 2014

HA! The Musical, a behind-the-scenes look at the world of standup comedy and life as a comic, will make its premiere at Stage 72 Aug. 2-7.



Directed by Darren Katz, the cast features comedians from stage and screen: Christian Finnegan ("Chappelle’s Show," VH1’s "Best Week Ever"), Kevin Farley ("Curb Your Enthusiasm," MTV’s "2Gether, brother of the late Chris Farley"), Jay Oakerson (IFC’s "Z Rock," Comedy Central’s "Premium Blend," BET’s "Comic View"), Bill Dawes (Lombardi, Bronx Bombers), Casey Balsham (Gotham Live) and Shawn Pearlman (Comedy Bang Bang).

Created by and featuring a book by Emmy-winning producer and writer Michelle Wendt and original music by Julian Velard, HA! The Musical, according to press notes, is a "radical musical-comedy-hybrid exploring the good, the bad, the ugly, and the funny of standup comedians. Showcasing a range of personalities and comedic archetypes, HA! guides us through the world of a stand up performance, behind the curtain, and beyond the spotlight into the subconscious id of what makes these twisted, tortured, brilliant minds tick."

HA! The Musical is produced by Eileen Cope/NYLA Entertainment, with Eva Price as general manager and musical direction from Julie McBride.

Stage 72 is located at 158 West 72nd Street. Tickets are $20 plus a two-drink minimum and can be purchased online at www.HATheMusical.com or by phone at (800) 838-3006.