Welcome to the Irvington Stage Door – a series where works in progress are presented to our patrons in a relaxed setting without sets, costumes, or props. It's all about the words at the Stage Door.
The final reading for this season is the new musical The Great American Whoopee by Gonzalo A. Valencia and Michael Campbell, a musical adaptation of Mushroom: The Story of the A-Bomb Kid, an autobiography written by John Aristotle Phillips and his friend, David Michealis. It accounts the story of John as a Princeton undergrad studying physics in 1976. As a class project, he decides to design an atomic bomb that could fit in the back of a taxi cab. Why? Simply to prove a point on the dangers of nuclear armament.
This story brings to light many important societal issues all the while still remaining an incredibly entertaining story with some really wonderful music.
This piece is a work in progress and audiences will be able to engage in a talkback about:
1) Adapting a true story and working on those permissions.
2) How writers decide what parts to musicalize.
3) Discuss the social implications in the story, how this student was able to accomplish what he did and where he is today.
ITHT feels this is a great way to end this series this season where our audience can really get into the workings of creating an original work.
The cast includes: Michael Campbell, Gonzalo Valencia, Adam Biner, Danny Arnold, Sam Kaplan, Todd Shumpert, Madeline Fansler, Ashley Leone, and Christian Green.
**All online tickets incur an ITHT Facility & Handling Fee of $1.60 per ticket.