The world-premiere show about an up-and-coming band is by David Adjmi and features songs by Oscar nominee and Grammy winner Will Butler of Arcade Fire.
The heyday of '70s rock returns in Stereophonic, a new play by David Adjmi with new music by Will Butler of Arcade Fire. Check back for information on Stereophonic tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
The Stereophonic play allows audiences to be flies on the wall of a recording studio in 1976 Sausalito, California, where an up-and-coming rock band is on the verge of its big break. But the mounting pressure of fame might cause their breakup before they reach their breakthrough.
All seven actors in the cast are also instrumentalists who play Butler's original rock tunes live on stage. Butler is a multi-instrumentalist best known for his career with the indie rock band Arcade Fire since 2002. He's also a composer, earning an Oscar nomination for writing the score for the 2013 film Her alongside Owen Pallat.
For Stereophonic off Broadway, Butler collaborated with playwrighr Adjmi, who previously explored the behind-the-scenes of '70s sitcoms in his play 3C. He was inspired to write Stereophonic after hearing Led Zeppelin’s “Babe I’m Going to Leave You” on the radio during a flight. The contrast between the lyrics and their subtext not only inspired the play, but Adjmi's idea for the design: the set is divided into two soundproofed sections, so characters in the recording booth cannot hear what the others are doing elsewhere in the studio, further complicating their relationships.
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3 hours (incl. intermission)
October 6th, 2023
November 19th, 2023
Cast and creative
By: David Adjmi
Songs by: Will Butler
Director: Daniel Aukin
Producer: Playwrights Horizons
Cast list: Will Brill (as Reg), Andrew R. Butler (as Charlie), Juliana Canfield (as Holly), Eli Gelb (as Grover), Tom Pecinka (as Peter), Sarah Pidgeon (as Diana), Chris Stack (as Simon)
Design: David Zinn
Costumes: Enver Chakartash
Lighting: Jiyoun Chang
Sound: Ryan Rumery
Other info: Music direction by Justin Craig; vocal, text, and dialect coaching by Gigi Buffington