The heyday of '70s rock returns in Stereophonic, the critically acclaimed new play by David Adjmi with new music by Will Butler of Arcade Fire. Experience the show that rocked audiences during its sold-out world premiere off Broadway, now coming to Broadway's Golden Theatre for 14 weeks only. Get 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 first. Playwrights Horizons first presented the show in fall 2023, extending multiple times due to popular demand.
All seven actors in the Stereophonic 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 on Broadway and off, Butler collaborated with playwright 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)
April 3rd, 2024
July 7th, 2024
14+. Children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
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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
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A rock band is on the verge of stardom, and the resulting pressure could push them to finally break through — or break up. David Adjmi's new play features a cast of actor-musicians who play original songs by Arcade Fire's Will Butler.
The running time of Stereophonic on Broadway is 3 hours (incl. intermission) .
Stereophonic on Broadway is playing at Golden Theatre. The theatre is located in New York, NY, USA, 10036.
Tickets for Stereophonic on Broadway start at $40.
The recommended age for Stereophonic on Broadway is 14+. Children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre..
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