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11 Broadway and theater productions with ties to rock music (and Eminem)

July 14 2017, 3:00 PM EDT By Anne Nickoloff


Whether it’s a Broadway production or a local theater show, lots of plays have included references to scene music. Some have even included performances by musicians.

Here are 11 theatrical productions that are connected to the scene in some way.

Read more: 10 musicians who should head to Broadway

1. Kinky Boots

Currently starring Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie, Kinky Boots has seen a spike in interest since adding the star to its cast. Urie plays Charlie Price, a man who is struggling to gain success in the shoemaking industry until he designs a boot specifically for drag queens.

Read more: Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie talks Broadway with ‘Kinky Boots’ co-star

2. American Idiot

The musical features music written by Green Day, and starred singer Billie Joe Armstrong as St. Jimmy for many of its Broadway performances. AFI’s Davey Havok also filled in for the role for select shows. The play follows three friends’ stories as two of them run away from their suburban hometowns and one works on a relationship with his pregnant girlfriend.

3. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

This musical retelling of American history reimagines past president Andrew Jackson as an emo rock star. The score is influenced by emo and rock music.

4. SpongeBob SquarePants

Panic! At The Disco wrote a song for the musical titled “Just A Simple Sponge.” The musical is an imaginative story within the SpongeBob SquarePants universe, where all the show’s characters must fight to save Bikini Bottom from an erupting volcano.

5. Hedwig And The Angry Inch

This play references Metallica in a meta-play embedded into the plot. The story follows the life of Hedwig, a transgender lead singer in a rock band, and her love life with other musicians. Within Hedwig And The Angry Inch is a fictional production called Hurt Locker: The Musical, complete with fake Playbills that credit Metallica with writing the score.

6. Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark

U2’s Bono and the Edge both wrote the lyrics and music for the ultimate Broadway flop Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Actor injuries and other issues led to the play not making back its initial investment money. The plot was similar to the 2002 film Spider-Man (starring Tobey Maguire), since it follows the spider bite which gives the hero his powers. In the musical, Spider-Man fights the Green Goblin and pines after his love interest, Mary Jane.

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