"Chapelle's Show" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Comedians Set for Off-Broadway Musical Aug. 2

By Philippe Bowgen
09 Jul 2014

HA! The Musical, a behind the scenes look at the world of standup comedy – featuring Christian Finnegan ("Chapelle's Show") and Kevin Farley ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") – will premiere at Stage 72 (158 W. 72nd Street) Aug. 2.



Directed by Darren Katz (The Lion King), the show is billed as follows,"HA! The Musical 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. Combining endearing and entertaining group and solo numbers alongside laugh-out-loud sets of standup, in the end, HA! The Musical takes the audience down the rabbit hole into the depths of the comedy universe and attempts to answer that age-old question: What is funny?"

Alongside Finnegan and Farley, HA! The Musical features the talents of comedians Jay Oakerson (IFC’s "Z Rock," Comedy Central’s "Premium Blend"), Bill Dawes (LombardiBronx Bombers), Casey Balsham and Shawn Pearlman.

HA! has a book and story by Emmy Award-winning producer and writer Michelle Wendt and original music by Julian Velard. Julie McBride will serve as musical director. HA! is produced by Eileen Cope/NYLA Entertainment.

The production runs Aug. 2-7 at Stage 72. Tickets are $20 plus a two-drink minimum

To purchase visit HATheMusical.com or by calling (800) 838-3006.