White Noise will get its world premiere beginning April 1 at Chicago's Royal George Theatre, 1641 North Halsted Street. Directed and choreographed by Broadway's Sergio Trujillo (Next to Normal, Memphis, Jersey Boys, The Addams Family), the show will play an eight-week limited run. The official opening is April 9.
According to the producers, including Whoopi Goldberg, "White Noise pulls back the curtain at a major record label where a top-selling producer stirs up an explosive cocktail of shock and spin with a splash of controversy to package talented artists into blockbuster stars. Steadily baited by the lure of mainstream fame and power, two diametrically opposed groups — White Noise, an irresistible pop band that churns out catchy tunes of coded rhetoric, and Bloodbrothas, the hip-hop-turned-gangsta rap duo — meet at the top of the charts and collide with consequence."
White Noise features a book by Matte O'Brien and music and lyrics by Robert Morris, Steven Morris and Joe Shane. White Noise was originally conceived by Ryan J. Davis with a story and characters by Joe Drymala.
The "White Noise" band will include MacKenzie Mauzy (Next to Normal, Cry-Baby, "Guiding Light") as Eva, Emily Padgett (Rock of Ages, Grease, Legally Blonde) as Eden, Patrick Murney (The Abingdon Theater, Edinburgh Fringe Festival) as Duke and Eric Morris (Mamma Mia!, Coram Boy) as Jake. The "Bloodbrothas" rap duo is played by Wallace Smith (American Idiot, Hair, The Lion King) as Dion and Rodney Hicks (The Scottsboro Boys, Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Tyler. Also featured are Luba Mason (How to Succeed…, Chicago) as Laurel and Michael Buchanan (Cry-Baby, Urinetown at the Mercury Theatre) as Teal Waters. The cast of 21 also includes Joseph Anthony Byrd, Kelli Eileen LaValle, Tess Soltau, Ashley Adamek, Erin McGrath, John Arthur Greene, and Constantine Rousouli.
The musicians featured in White Noise include Jesse Vargas (musical director, keyboard), Matt Hinkley (keyboard), Hannah Ford (drums), Ben Mason (bass) and a guitarist to be announced. The set is designed by Robert Brill, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lights by Jason Lyons, sound by Garth Helm, and multi-media design by Raj Kapoor.
Goldberg said in an earlier statement, "White Noise smacks you in a challenging, emotional and entertaining way. The producing team looks forward to bring this unflinchingly honest new production to Chicago where audiences are sophisticated, aware and open to a musical that will certainly remind them of today's headlines and might awaken a new awareness of current social issues."
White Noise is produced by Holly Way, Jay Strommen, Jimmy Mack, Deborah Taylor, Chris Bensinger, Tom Leonardis and Whoopi Goldberg.
Performances will continue to June 5. For tickets, call (312) 988-9000, or visit TicketMaster.com or www.whitenoisetickets.com.
For more information, visit www.whitenoisebroadway.com.