Thursday, July 23, 2009

“Octomom the Musical” Opens in LA to Sellout Crowds

A play loosely inspired by the LA-area mother who had octotuplets opened last Saturday to standing-room only crowds in Los Angeles. The so-called Octomom is not the only character skewered in the zany musical: other include Bernie Madoff, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, Vince Shamwow (of magic towel fame) and even Octomom’s fertility doctor, who has a mad and somewhat creepy crush on her.

The show has garnered enormous publicity, even including a segment on the CBS Early Show, and generally strong reviews. The two opening night performances were sold out, as is half of the five-weekend run of the show.

I saw the show and loved it. In fact, the entire audience was laughing and applauding throughout the show. Full disclosure: I’m not an objective observer, since I’m legal counsel for the play. So, go to the show’s website to read the independent reviews, and watch the CBS Early Show segment:




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Credits: Book and Lyrics: Chris Voltaire; Music: Rachael Lawrence; Cast: Stu Barron, John Combs, Blake Hogue, Alexandra Holtzman, Lynnette Li, Molly McCook, Chris Voltaire, Dinora Walcott; Direction: Chris Voltaire; Musical Direction: Rachael Lawrence; Choreography: Dean McFlicker; Props: Sarah Robinson; Assoc. Producer: Max Smerling; Publicity: Tany Soussana; Legal Counsel: Jonathan Handel; Producers: Beverly Leech, Chris Voltaire; Presented by Cabaret Voltaire. Running time: 65 mins. Runs: July 18 – August 15, Sats. 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. Venue: THE FAKE, 4319 Melrose Ave. at Heliotrope, Los Angeles, CA 90029. Tix: http://www.octomomthemusical.com/.

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