ANDY WARHOL POPS AT YALE REPERTORY THEATRE


BONNIE GOLDBERG

From Campbell soup cans to Marilyn Monroe, artist, print maker and film maker Andy Warhol was an enigmatic cultural icon whose pop paintings and voyeuristic movies shocked and scintillated in the avant-garde bohemian atmosphere he populated.  Selling a canvas of Eight Elvises for $100 million put him in a unique category that ensured he would have much more than the “15 minutes of fame” he coined a phrase about achieving.

To enter Andy Warhol’s famous Factory, the studio where he and the entourage who surrounded him hung out and worked, run over to New Haven’s Yale Repertory Theatre until Saturday, December 19 for an outrageous and outstanding rock opera “POP!” by Maggie-Kate Coleman and Anna K. Jacobs.

Come meet Andy (Randy Harrison) and his “Superstars,” Edie Sedgwick (Christen Paige), Viva (Emily Swallow), Valerie Solanas (Leslie Kritzer) and Candy Darling (Brian Charles Rooney) and discover for yourself who shot at and tried to kill this infuriating and ultra-talented artist.

Heading the detective bureau are two more of Andy’s intimates, Ondine (Doug Kreeger) and Gerard Malanga (Danny Binstock) who look for clues to the crime among the kitsch and kin who surrounded the great man.

Follow the music and trail of evidence that includes paper bags, some empty and some filled with guns; paper dolls, popcorn and pornography;  misfits, manifestos, and money; careers and caviar;  cowboys and chalk outlines; sequins, sex and suspects.  “POP!” assaults you visually with incredible imagery and musically with its revolutionary sounds as the question of “Who shot Andy Warhol?” is examined six different ways to Sunday.

Mark Brokaw directs this talented cast in this art out-of-the box experience with broad colorful strokes.

For tickets ($35-67), call the Yale Rep, 1120 Chapel Street, New Haven at 203-432-1234 or online at www.yalerep.org.  Performances are Tuesday-Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday.

Get a front row seat for this world premiere musical about Andy Warhol, the controversial crown prince of pop art, and play Nancy Drew to discover who was in The Factory with the Big Gun.

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