Keep Smiling: Walmartopia Will Open Its Doors Later Than Expected, Aug. 23

News   Keep Smiling: Walmartopia Will Open Its Doors Later Than Expected, Aug. 23
Walmartopia, the musical comedy about the giant retailer, will start Off-Broadway performances Aug. 23. Previews were previously announced to start Aug. 21.
The cast of Walmartopia in rehearsals.
The cast of Walmartopia in rehearsals. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The first two previews have been postponed, but the original opening date at the Minetta Lane Theatre remains the same: Sept. 3. Walmartopia is an "irreverent agitprop satire of big business (and, in particular, that corporate giant associated with the eternal smiley face)," according to the producers.

No reason was given for the scuttled performances. The show is written by Catherine Capellaro (book) and Andrew Rohn (music and lyrics) and is directed by Daniel Goldstein, with choreography by Wendy Seyb and musical direction by August Eriksmoen.

Cheryl Freeman and Nikki M. James play the mother and daughter who are at the center of this lampoon of big business. The company will feature Sarah Bolt, Bradley Dean, Stephen DeRosa, John Jellison, Brennen Leath, Andrew Polk, Pearl Sun, Scotty Watson and Helene Yorke. Watson plays the late Wal-Mart founder, Sam Walton.

A previous version of the musical was a sensation of the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival.

Walmartopiawill play the following performance schedule: Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 7 PM, with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets are priced at $65 & $45, and may be purchased online at or by calling (212) 307-4100.

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Minetta Lane Theatre is at 18 Minetta Lane in Greenwich Village.

Ticket refunds for postponed performances may be obtained by calling Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100, Theatre Development Fund at (212) 221-0885, or by visiting the Minetta Lane Theatre box office.

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