Whoopi Goldberg Among Producers of Provocative Musical White Noise, Sounding Off in Chicago

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An eight-week Chicago run of White Noise, the new rock musical about a pop sister act that performs White Supremacy-laced songs, will be co-produced by Whoopi Goldberg and directed and choreographed by Broadway's Sergio Trujillo.

Director Sergio Trujillo
Director Sergio Trujillo

Performances begin April 1 toward an April 9 opening at the Royal George Theatre. Featuring a cast of 19, the production is produced by Holly Way, Jay Strommen, Tom Leonardis and Whoopi Goldberg. There has been talk in the past that the project is aiming for Broadway, but no such mention was made in the official announcement on Jan. 19.

Casting will be announced. White Noise, previously seen in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, 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.

Here's how the producers characterize the work: "White Noise is a provocative new rock musical that follows a pair of sisters who are discovered by a powerful record producer, and groomed into a well-packaged rock/pop band, which mixes irresistible harmonies with coded rhetoric into chart-blazing hits. Inspired by real life, White Noise fuses today's headlines and blogs into a cautionary tale that challenges conventional notions of free speech, media and the power of pop culture."

Trujillo's recent Broadway credits include Jersey Boys (2006 Tony Award and 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical), Next to Normal (Pulitzer Prize for Drama), Memphis (2010 Tony Award for Best Musical), The Addams Family, Guys and Dolls and All Shook Up.

Goldberg, who has produced Broadway's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Thoroughly Modern Mille, said in a 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." The creative team includes set designer Robert Brill, costume designer Paul Tazewell, lighting designer Jason Lyons, sound designer Garth Helm and multi-media designer Raj Kapoor.

White Noise had an early developmental production in the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival, and then was fully re-developed and went on to a critically acclaimed and sold-out engagement at New Orleans' Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre in July 2009.

For more information, visit www.whitenoisebroadway.com.

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