Debbie Harry/Madonna Musical Disaster Dissected Written and performed by Peter Michal Marino
Directed by John Clancy – two time Best of Festival Award winner, Adelaide Fringe
March 3rd – 17th 2013 18:00hrs Austral Hotel ,Red Room (Fringe Venue 25)
Following an acclaimed run at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe, writer/performer Peter Michael Marino is heading to Adelaide Fringe with the comic autopsy of his $6 million West End musical fiasco Desperately Seeking Susan in DESPERATELY SEEKING THE EXIT.
In 2007 Peter Michael Marino wrote a musical based on the film “Desperately Seeking Susan” featuring the music of Blondie. It opened on London’s West End…and closed a month later. DESPERATELY SEEKING THE EXIT offers a behind-the-scenes peek at how this $6 million musical was made and unmade: hatching the idea, deals with MGM, Debbie Harry and even Madonna; the workshops, the previews, the scathing reviews and closing night.
This true story is both comical and touching, as Peter takes us through the many highs and lows of creating this West End musical. Whether you love musical theatre or wouldn’t know your workshop from your overture, this story will enlighten and entertain.
The show has won widespread critical acclaim including the following:
“This show, as well as being highly entertaining, will also act as a salutary lesson to anyone looking to the stage for fame, fortune and happiness.” British Theatre Guide ★★★★★
“Witty, smart, and hilarious!” Three Weeks ★★★★
“Fascinating! Funny! Shocking!” Fringe Review
Peter Michael Marino is a writer, actor, director and teacher. He received the 2010 and 2011 Backstage Reader’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Teacher for his acclaimed “Flying Solo” classes at The PIT. He also received the Back Stage Bistro Award for his cabaret spoof, Lance Jonathan: More About Me! He has directed and developed shows with Delilah Dix (Edinburgh Fringe), Mark Giordano’s Mad Man (The PIT), Sheila Head’s Head Games (Ars Nova), and Alicia Levy’s Chickapalooza (The PIT). As a performer, he appeared in STOMP for five years off-Broadway, as well as in numerous regional productions.
John Clancy is an Obie Award-winning director, playwright, and a partner in Clancy Productions, an acclaimed international theatrical touring and production company. He is the founding Artistic Director of The Present Company and a founding Artistic Director of The New York International Fringe Festival. He has directed six Scotsman Fringe First winning productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including Americana Absurdum (Brian Parks), Cincinnati (Don Nigro), Horse Country (C.J. Hopkins), screwmachine/eycandy (C.J. Hopkins) and his own Fatboy. Both Horse Country and Cincinnati went on to win The Best of the Fringe Award at the Adelaide Fringe in 2004.
LISTINGS INFORMATION – DESPERATELY SEEKING THE EXIT
3 – 17 March 2013 18:00 (60 MINS). Venue Number 25: Austral Hotel. Sub Venue: Red Room. Tickets $23 including booking fee
FRINGE TIX: www.adelaidefringe.com.au or call 1300 621 255 or on the door at Austral Hotel
For more information please visit www.SeekingTheExit.com.