PHOTO CALL: The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World Opens Off-Broadway

News   PHOTO CALL: The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World Opens Off-Broadway
The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, a musical detailing one of the stranger chapters of American pop music history, featuring Annie Golden, Kevin Cahoon and more opened at Playwrights Horizons on June 7.

In addition to Golden and Cahoon, the cast of The Shaggs also features Steve Routman, Emily Walton, Peter Friedman, Jamey Hood, Cory Michael Smith and Sarah Sokolovic.

The Shaggs — with book by Joy Gregory; music by Gunnar Madsen; lyrics by Gregory and Madsen; and story by Gregory, Madsen and John Langs — is set in Fremont, NH, in the late 1960s, when a working-class dad (Friedman) "has a vision of rock 'n' roll destiny for his three talentless daughters" (Hood, Sokolovic and Walton). According to PH notes, "[He's] convinced they're his family's one-way ticket out of hardship and obscurity. But the girls have ideas of their own — and as their father's ambition turns to obsession, the price of familial obligation becomes all too clear."

Here's a look at opening night:


The performance schedule for The Shaggs is Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 PM & 8 PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM. Single tickets, at $75, may be purchased online via, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8 PM daily), or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).

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