The Last Starfighter’, the Musical

I wish I had the rest of the afternoon to sit and riff on this, but I have to go teach.
PS- Note the mixed sci-fi metaphor in the article’s title!

The Last Starfighter’, the Musical, Beams Down Into World Premiere in NYC

Tue Sep 21, 3:55 PM ET
Kenneth Jones Playbill On-Line

The Last Starfighter, a world premiere science fiction musical inspired by the 1984 screenplay of the motion picture of the same name, will open the 2004-05 season of Off Broadway’s Storm Theatre, Oct. 15-30.

The musical marks the return of lyricist-composer Skip Kennon (Herringbone, Time and Again) and draws on the Jonathan Betuel screenplay, about a teen video-game player enlisted to save a universe. Fred Landau penned the libretto. (The movie marked the last film appearance of Robert Preston.)

Storm artistic director Peter Dobbins will direct a cast that includes DeeGee Brandemour, Brad Coolidge, Bernardo De Paula, Jan Herndon, Patrick Heusinger, Paul Jackel (The Secret Garden), Hugh Brandon Kelly, Joseph Kolinski (Titanic, The Human Comedy), Julia Motyka, Georga Osborne, William Parry (Sunday in the Park With George, Assassins), Catherine Remmert, Jonathan Richard Sandler, Heather Spore and Travis Walters.

According to production notes, “In a small town nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1983, Alex Rogan is about to discover the adventure of a lifetime. An 18-year-old with an uncertain future, Alex becomes the master of a video game only to discover that Centauri, a huckster trying to save his vulnerable galaxy and make a little money in the process, put it on Earth as a testing ground. Centauri offers Alex membership in an elite cadre of space pilots charged with protecting the universe. Alex must find a way to reach his potential, while a great danger looms out in space, waiting for him.”

The Last Starfighter will have choreography and musical staging by Jennifer Paulson Lee. Designers are Todd Ivins (set), E. Shura Pollatsek (costume), Michael Abrams (lighting) and Matthew Given (sound).

Performances will be Mondays through Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM. The Storm Theatre is located at 145 West 46th Street.

Tickets to all performances will be $19 and are available through SmartTix at (212) 206-1515 or online at http://www.smarttix.com.

For group reservations 10 or more, call (212) 730-3960. For more information, visit http://www.stormtheatre.com.

3 comments on “The Last Starfighter’, the Musical

  1. Boy, I can’t wait for the Death Blossom (as interpreted by soaring violin section crescendo and pounding tympani).

  2. I was thinking The Ten Commandments: The Musical starring Val Kilmer (pouty pouty Moses!) was up there with Carrie: The Musical in terms of Grand Guignol badness, but … The Last Starfighter? Wow.
    Now I want Val Kilmer to play Centauri.

  3. Wow. I’m completely speechless. Commencing boggling.

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