*As previously reported, Whoopi Goldberg has signed on as a producer for White Noise, a satirical rock musical based on the true story of a pop sister act that performs White supremacy-themed songs. The show’s tagline: “White Noise is a cautionary musical inspired by real life that re-imagines the adage ‘when good men do nothing evil happens.'”
The production, with Broadway choreographer Sergio Trujillo, begins an eight-week run in Chicago at the Royal George Theatre. Performances start April 1 toward an April 9 opening, according to Playbill.
Here’s how the producers characterize the work: “White Noise is a provocative new rock musical that follows a pair of sisters who are discovered by a powerful record producer, and groomed into a well-packaged rock/pop band, which mixes irresistible harmonies with coded rhetoric into chart-blazing hits. Inspired by real life, White Noise fuses today’s headlines and blogs into a cautionary tale that challenges conventional notions of free speech, media and the power of pop culture.”
Featuring a cast of 19, the musical is produced by Holly Way, Jay Strommen, Tom Leonardis and Goldberg. There has been talk in the past that the project is aiming for Broadway, but no such mention was made in the official announcement on Jan. 19.
Goldberg, who has produced Broadway’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Thoroughly Modern Mille, said in a statement, “White Noise smacks you in a challenging, emotional and entertaining way. The producing team looks forward to bring this unflinchingly honest new production to Chicago where audiences are sophisticated, aware and open to a musical that will certainly remind them of today’s headlines and might awaken a new awareness of current social issues.”
Casting has yet to be announced.