July 21, 2016 - July 23, 2016
Ellen Stewart Theatre | 66 E 4th Street; 2nd Floor
La MaMa presents in association with Columbia Stages
WORLD PREMIERE of
BABY FAT: ACT I
A Screeching Weasel Rock Opera
Music and Lyrics: Ben Weasel
Libretto: Ben Weasel (after Victor Hugo and Francesco Maria Piave)
Director: Michael Scholar, Jr.
Music Director and Arranger: Andy Peterson
Choreographer: Samantha Sheppard
A November Theatre Production
Verdi's classic opera Rigoletto gets a punk rock overhaul by iconic frontman of Screeching Weasel ("Cool Kids"), Ben Weasel. In Baby Fat: Act I, we find ourselves in The Reptile House, a Chicago club where the house band Serpentello and its entourage are at the center of a dark vortex of debauchery from which seemingly no soul can escape unharmed. Michael Scholar, Jr. (The Black Rider) directs this advance showing for a strictly limited run.
Russell Fischer* | Marlene Ginader | Kwame Michael Remy*
"While a handful of bands are prepping storylines for the stage, this may be the first opera in punk rock, and is a creative leap from the Weasel aesthetic.”
- Scott Murry, New Noise Magazine