After a triumphant national tour playing to sold-out audiences and standing ovations, the producers of "27 Heaven", a rock musical/satirical play about the conversations in heaven between four of the world's greatest rock stars who all died at the age of 27 — Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain — have brought the play to New York City for an open-ended run at the world-famous Laugh Factory.
Venue: The Laugh Factory
669 8th Avenue (between 42nd and 43rd Streets)
New York, NY 10036
Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday starting June 6 at 8:30 p.m. Opening act is New York ventriloquist April Brucker.
Created and written by New York Times best-selling author/award-winning multi-media artist Ian Halperin and co-written by author Todd Shapiro, and directed by Adam Roebuck ("Vagina Monologues"), "27 Heaven" sees the four rock icons come back to life in a wickedly funny, haunting and rich parable that will rivet audiences with modern decorativeness and irony, and evocation of different times. Part fiction, part real, part visionary history, part revolutionary tract, this play will by turns delight, shock, frustrate and inspire fans of the four legendary rock icons. The rock musical is filled with original music backed by musicians.
"27 Heaven" opens with a recently deceased and rather confused Cobain meeting Hendrix, Joplin and Morrison at the Great Gig in the Sky. Cobain must decide whether or not he wants to walk through the same, exclusive gates of heaven as the three rock icons — who have all been up there at least 25 years. Initially he seems keen to join the exclusive club as they share their experience, warmth and wisdom with him. But a lot has changed since these rockers challenged the terrestrial system. As the conversation wear on, Cobain realizes the three rock icons are more whacked than ever — Joplin still drinks excessively, Morrison has become an Orthodox Jew and Hendrix is no longer the psychedelic prophet of guitar mageddon, but rather a staunch advocate for a drug-free paradise.
Throughout this saga filled with joy, pain, humor and bitterness, a whole submerged world is vividly called into being. It is the engrossing play of three people locked in a karmic bind through successive lives and of one man's struggle — Cobain — to decide if he wants to become part of this eccentric and whacky world. "27 Heaven" unfolds disquieting truths and mysteries; evils that resound through history; and wonders that attain the power of legend of four of the biggest figures ever in pop culture who all have one major thing in common beside countless platinum records — death at age 27.
For more information, visit www.27heaven.com.