RAMONES Musical To Debut In August

According to Playbill.com, a new musical featuring the music of the rock group THE RAMONES will debut in Perth, Australia, in August.

Entitled "Gabba Gabba Hey!" , the musical will play the Monkey Bar Aug. 17-21. Andy Goldberg, who helmed off-Broadway's "Bomb-itty of Errors", is directing, with choreography by "Strictly Ballroom" star Paul Mercurio and musical direction by Tommy Ramone.

Librettist Herrmann, who is also the show's producer, said in a statement, " 'Gabba Gabba Hey!' is a fun show that aims to reinvent the traditional stage musical for performance in rock clubs. As the first musical to celebrate the perennially popular music of New York's rock scene — specifically, THE RAMONES and NEW YORK DOLLS — this show has a definite edge and attitude, in keeping with the aesthetic demands of its target audience. But 'Gabba' is also very sweet and lyrical."

About 'Gabba', producer Herrmann, who hopes to bring the show to the U.S., added, "Think 'Grease'-on-speed and you’re on the money — albeit with a generous dollop of colorful Lower East Side characters. With 18 high energy RAMONES songs and a rather touching love story all performed in 70 minutes, 'Gabba Gabba Hey!' is streetwise yet heartfelt; retro but also new and innovative. Plus there’s not a dull moment in it, I promise!"

The Monkey Bar is located at 393 Murray Street in Perth, Australia. Tickets, priced $25-$39.90 are available by logging on to www.bocsticketing.com.au.

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