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.”

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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.”

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