Posted on January 21, 2011

Whoopi Goldberg Among Producers of Provocative Musical White Noise, Sounding Off in Chicago

Kenneth Jones, Playbill, January 19, 2011

An eight-week Chicago run of White Noise, the new rock musical about a pop sister act that performs White Supremacy-laced songs, will be co-produced by Whoopi Goldberg and directed and choreographed by Broadway’s Sergio Trujillo.

Performances begin April 1 toward an April 9 opening at the Royal George Theatre. Featuring a cast of 19, the production is produced by Holly Way, Jay Strommen, Tom Leonardis and Whoopi Goldberg. {snip}

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.”


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.”