Warhol Musical to Open in Pittsburgh - Page 2
The City Theatre production directed by Brad Rouse stars Anthony Rapp best known for his role in the Broadway production of Rent. Rapp, something of a Pittsburgh favorite has appeared in the company's productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, his brother Adam's drama Gompers, and most recently in his own one man show Without You. The show runs through May 27th.
Pop! is not the City Theatre's first venture into the world of Warhol. Back in 1997 they collaborated with experimental director Anne Bogart's Saratoga International Theatre Institute (SITI) company in a production of Culture of Desire, a play which metaphorically envisions a hellish journey through the mind of a dying figure called 'A' representing Warhol in one sense and the artist in another. To emphasize the larger metaphoric sense 'A' was played by a woman. More a critique of the effect of Warhol and his work on the culture than any sort of hagiography, and perhaps a bit too experimental for Pittsburgh at the time, it received a mixed reception. Perhaps that accounts for the fifteen year lapse before another attempt, this time one that seems as advertised in a more Pop(ular) vehicle.