US: BMG launches first US musical Punk Rock Girl!
Punk Rock Girl!
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BMG is ramping up the development of new stage musicals in both the US, with its first production Punk Rock Girl!, and in Germany, following the wildly successful run of its first musical Ku’damm 56.
Punk Rock Girl! is the debut developmental theatrical production from BMG in the US in partnership with NY-based theatrical company Lively McCabe Entertainment. It features a score of popular songs written and made famous by female artists and female-fronted bands from the BMG catalog including Blondie, P!nk, Avril Lavigne, Pat Benatar, Sleater-Kinney, in addition to the title song, ‘Punk Rock Girl’ by the Dead Milkmen. The musical will be marketed to high schools, community, and regional professional theaters, with a film adaptation in the works.
Concord Theatricals will serve as the exclusive distributor and selling agent of the production, as well as handle all sales/marketing and licensing efforts throughout the US.
Three additional upcoming musicals from BMG and Lively McCabe include May We All, the Country music-themed production in partnership with superstar duo Florida Georgia Line opening in Nashville this June, as well as a New Wave-themed musical, and a Holiday-themed musical, with several more BMG productions in early stages of development.
Concurrently, moving from the American heartland to the European cultural capital of Berlin, BMG in Germany has a resounding hit on its hands with its musical production of Ku’damm 56 which has had its initial run extended following more than 100 performances, selling over 120,000 tickets.
Ku’damm 56, written by BMG-signed songwriters Peter Plate and Ulf Leo Sommer together with Grimme Award-winning author of the story, Annette Hess, is a musical adaptation of the highly successful German TV drama series. Lauded by critics and audiences alike, the show opened in the 1,700-capacity Theater des Westens in November 2021.
BMG’s EVP Global Repertoire & Marketing EU, APAC & LATAM, Dominique Casimir, said, “Ku’damm 56 marked a steep learning curve for us, but the results speak for themselves and show our commitment to working with our artist and songwriter clients in every area of their careers.”
BMG’s Director, Theatrical, Elyse Cogan said, “Using the iconic BMG catalog to develop content in the theater space is a new and creative way to help to secure the legacies of BMG artists and songwriters. Live stage has the potential to reach more diverse and multi-generational audiences. BMG looks forward to developing more new partnerships and relationships within the Theater world.”
Punk Rock Girl!, recently had a highly successful run of performances at the Argyle Theatre in Babylon Village, Long Island, that had the audience dancing in their seats. The local theatre produced Punk Rock Girl! with book and arrangements by Tony-nominated composer Joe Iconis (Be More Chill), directed and choreographed by Jennifer Werner (Worldwide Associate for the Book of Mormon) with co-arrangements and orchestrations by Rob Rokicki (The Lightning Thief).
Punk Rock Girl! follows 16-year-old Angela Quivers, a perfectionist who doesn’t take chances and feels like there is no place she belongs until she meets another teenager, Proxi, who introduces her to the world of grungy guitars, shocking secrets, and big, loud, messy emotions. A musical about a young person finding a community and creating her tribe. Punk Rock Girl! is a noisy celebration of all things raw and ragged, trashy, and heartfelt, familiar, and alien.
Punk Rock Girl! (BMG tracklisting): Avril Lavigne – ‘Complicated’, ‘I’m With You’, ‘Sk8er Boi’; Blondie – ‘Call Me’, ‘Rip Her To Shreds’, ‘One Way Or Another’; Sleater Kinney – ‘Words and Guitar’, ‘Surface Envy’, ‘I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone’; Dead Milkmen – ‘Punk Rock Girl’; Katy Perry – ‘E.T.’; Pat Benatar – ‘All Fired Up’; P!nk – ‘Try’; Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘Area 52’.
May 12, 2022 12:00am ET by Pressparty