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‘Stereophonic,’ a New Play About Making Music, to Open on Broadway

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Stereophonic,” an acclaimed behind-the-music play a couple of disputatious band recording a studio album, will switch to Broadway this spring following a buzzy and sold-out Off Broadway run.

The play, written by David Adjmi, is about principally inside a Sausalito, Calif., recording studio, and follows 5 musicians and two sound engineers by way of a 12 months within the Seventies. The story — that includes romance, infighting, drug use and a solo-star-in-the-making — resembles that of Fleetwood Mac, however Adjmi says he had many inspirations for the play.

The 14-week Broadway manufacturing is predicted to start previews April 3 and to open April 19 on the Golden Theater.

The Off Broadway run, over 10 weeks final fall on the nonprofit Playwrights Horizons, garnered sturdy evaluations. Writing in The New York Instances, the critic Jesse Inexperienced known as it “relentlessly compelling.”

The present additionally gained vital reward for its unique songs, which had been written by Will Butler, a former member of Arcade Hearth.

Adam Greenfield, the creative director of Playwrights Horizons, described the play as being about “a bunch of sensible artists who’re at odds with one another, making an attempt to determine how you can collaborate with out killing each other, even when killing each other is likely to be the simpler means out.” Additionally, he mentioned, “it’s set in a world that’s extremely horny — the West Coast rock scene of the ’70s,” and “it has a killer title.”

Adjmi has been engaged on the play for a decade; he mentioned the thought first got here to him whereas he was listening to a Led Zeppelin track on a airplane and questioning what it might have been prefer to be within the studio after they had been recording it.

“I noticed it in my thoughts’s eye, and I believed, this might be an amazing concept for a play,” he mentioned. “I didn’t know something concerning the recording course of, however I’d discuss to specialists and take a look at stuff out.”

The method, which included inviting engineers to touch upon the script because it advanced, resulted in a excessive stage of verisimilitude, right down to the small print of a much-praised set by David Zinn.

The manufacturing is directed by Daniel Aukin; the complete Off Broadway solid, together with Will Brill, Juliana Canfield, Tom Pecinka, Sarah Pidgeon and Chris Stack because the musicians, in addition to Andrew R. Butler and Eli Gelb because the engineers, is predicted to switch to Broadway.

The present will probably be capitalized for as much as $4.8 million, in response to a submitting with the Securities and Alternate Fee. It’s being produced by Sue Wagner, John Johnson, Seaview, Sonia Friedman Productions, Linden Productions, and Ashley Melone & Nick Mills.