Eddie and Dave coming to Broadway

Fans longing for a Van Halen reunion might have to wait a while. But if you’re desperate for a dose and willing to let the boundaries of art stretch a bit, your best bet might be to head to New York when next year a play that is based on the story of Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth will open up off-Broadway.

The play, titled ‘Eddie and Dave,’ will run at the Atlantic Theatre Company from Jan. 10 through Feb 10. Due to the fact that the show is unauthorized, neither the character’s last names nor the band Van Halen are directly referenced. However, the logo for the show on the website features the distinctive hairstyles worn by the singer and guitarist. during their heyday.

So is the play actually about Van Halen and Roth? According to information on the play’s website, this is a raucous retelling of the rise and fall of Pasadena’s most ground-breaking 80s rockers told through the foggy lens of a lonely, out of work MTV-VJ. Eddie and Dave is a gender-bending new play by Amy Staats (‘Miles for Mary,’ Atlantic’s Tow Playwright-in-Residence) about hubris, friendship, family, fame, musical genius and what happens when the person you need is the one you find most irritating.”

So far everything sounds engaging and enticing, right? How about this twist: the two leads are being played by women! In addition to writing the show, Staats is playing Eddie, while Megan Hill is playing Dave. The rest of the cast is rounded out by Vanessa Aspilla as the VJ, with Omer Abbas Salem and Adina Verson playing characters named, respectively, Val and Al. Margot Bordelon is directing.

The Atlantic Theater’s Twitter account tweeted: “Tix are now on sale for EDDIE AND DAVE! Plus check out our totally rad cast: @VAspillaga, Megan Hill, Omer Abbas Salem, @AmyStaats & Adina Verso! http://bit.ly/EddieandDave. Performances start Jan10! #EddieAndDaveATC

Atlantic Theater Company was founded in 1985 by actor William H. Macy and playwright David Mamet. 

Source: www.ultimateclassicrock.com

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