Clubland, Musical Adaptation of "Party Monster," Will Get Immersive A.R.T. Staging
11 Feb 2013
A new interactive musical based on the life of club kid Michael Alig, whose story was adapted into the 2003 film "Party Monster," will debut at the American Repertory Theater's Club Oberon in April.
Clubland: The Monster Pop Party has book, music and lyrics by Andrew Barret Cox. Jacob S. Porter will stage the interactive production that will be seen April 11-12 at A.R.T.'s nightlife space, Oberon.
Clubland is based on the James St. James book "Party Monster" and subsequent film of the same title that tells the story of St. James' friend, 1990s club kid and party promoter Alig, who confessed to killing drug dealer Andre "Angel" Melendez.
"It has always been my dream to see my book be made into either a big Broadway musical or a Saturday morning cartoon. Jacob and Andrew are going to make one of those dreams come true!," St. James said in a statement.
The interactive experience will have costume design by Haley Vigil and lighting design by Grayson Breen.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.