Ramones Musical Gabba Gabba Hey! to Come to the U.S. in 2006

News   Ramones Musical Gabba Gabba Hey! to Come to the U.S. in 2006
Gabba Gabba Hey!, the new musical featuring the music of the rock group the Ramones that debuted in Perth, Australia, in August 2004, is headed to the U.S.

Michael Herrmann, who penned the musical's book, told Playbill.com that a showcase performance of Gabba will be presented March 19, 2006, at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX. An Off-Broadway run at New York's Zipper Theater is expected in May. Casting for the U.S. productions will be announced at a later date.

The U.S. creative team will include Herrmann (writer/producer), Tommy Ramone (music director) and Nick Sheppard (music arranger).

Theatregoers will hear such tunes as "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Beat on the Brat," "Biltzkrieg Bop," "53rd & 3rd" and "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker."

Librettist Herrmann said in a previous statement, "Gabba Gabba Hey! is a fun show that aims to reinvent the traditional stage musical for performance in rock clubs. As the first musical to celebrate the perennially popular music of New York’s rock scene — specifically, the Ramones and New York Dolls — this show has a definite edge and attitude, in keeping with the aesthetic demands of its target audience. But Gabba is also very sweet and lyrical."

About Gabba, Herrmann added, "Think Grease-on-speed and you’re on the money — albeit with a generous dollop of colorful Lower East Side characters. With 18 high energy Ramones songs and a rather touching love story all performed in 70 minutes, Gabba Gabba Hey! is streetwise yet heartfelt; retro but also new and innovative. Plus there’s not a dull moment in it, I promise!"

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