Pop Punk High begins its limited Off-Broadway engagement September 20 at (le) poisson rouge. The musical comedy, which continues through November 1, celebrates the early 2000s and features a book by Anderson Cook and music and lyrics by Ben Lapidus.
Directed by Felicia Lobo, the cast includes Amanda Centeno, Brenna Donahue, Sarah Anne Fernandez, Jacob Grover, Jess Kaliban, Kelly Krauter, Ben Lapidus, McLean Peterson, Zac Porter, Timiki Salinas, Patrick Sweeney, Leanne Velednitsky, Mina Walker, and Eric Wiegand.
In the new musical we meet Derek, whose life sucks. Things take a turn when Derek discovers a can of Axe Body Spray that contains Avril Lavigne. Avril agrees to grant him three wishes, but only if he will find out who trapped her. But in selecting his wishes, Derek soon finds out that what you think makes you pop punk, often isn’t pop punk at all.
Produced by Anderson Cook, Ben Lapidus, and David Treatman with Not the Normal Productions as an associate producer. The production team also includes set designer Hannah Levesque, lighting designer Andrew Hunt, costume designer Olivia Hern, assistant director Stephanie Wurster, and stage manager and Jaye Hunt.
Doors open one hour before each performance, and a band will perform a pre-show opening set. Following the performance, audiences can stay for an after-party featuring a DJ and live-band karaoke.
(le) poisson rouge is located at 158 Bleecker Street. Tickets are $35–$40 for general admission, $60 for premium seating, and $25 for students, available at poppunkhigh.com.