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News PHOTO CALL: A First Look at White Noise, With MacKenzie Mauzy and Emily Padgett, in Chicago White Noise, the new Broadway-aimed rock musical about a controversial band with a taste for white-supremacy content, begins performances plays a world-premiere engagement in Chicago. Sergio Trujillo directs and choreographs.

A limited eight-week run will play to June 5 at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 North Halsted Street. The official opening is April 9.

According to the producers, including Whoopi Goldberg, "White Noise pulls back the curtain at a major record label where a top-selling producer stirs up an explosive cocktail of shock and spin with a splash of controversy to package talented artists into blockbuster stars. Steadily baited by the lure of mainstream fame and power, two diametrically opposed groups — White Noise, an irresistible pop band that churns out catchy tunes of coded rhetoric, and Bloodbrothas, the hip-hop-turned-gangsta rap duo — meet at the top of the charts and collide with consequence."

Here is a first look at White Noise:

A First Look at White Noise, With MacKenzie Mauzy and Emily Padgett, in Chicago

Douglas Sills, the Tony Award-nominated star of Broadway's The Scarlet Pimpernel, plays the role of the record producer, Max.

The "White Noise" band includes MacKenzie Mauzy (Next to Normal, Cry-Baby, "Guiding Light") as Eva, Emily Padgett (Rock of Ages, Grease, Legally Blonde) as Eden, Patrick Murney (The Abingdon Theater, Edinburgh Fringe Festival) as Duke and Eric Morris (Mamma Mia!, Coram Boy) as Jake. The "Bloodbrothas" rap duo is played by Wallace Smith (American Idiot, Hair, The Lion King) as Dion and Rodney Hicks (The Scottsboro Boys, Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Tyler. Also featured are Luba Mason (How to Succeed…, Chicago) as Laurel and Michael Buchanan (Cry-Baby, Urinetown at the Mercury Theatre) as Teal Waters. The cast of 21 also includes Joseph Anthony Byrd, Kelli Eileen LaValle, Tess Soltau, Ashley Adamek, Erin McGrath, John Arthur Greene, and Constantine Rousouli.

Trujillo choreographed Broadway's Next to Normal, Memphis, Jersey Boys and The Addams Family.

White Noise features a book by Matte O'Brien and music and lyrics by Robert Morris, Steven Morris and Joe Shane. White Noise was originally conceived by Ryan J. Davis with a story and characters by Joe Drymala.

The creative team includes set designer Robert Brill, costume designer Paul Tazewell, lighting designer Jason Lyons, sound designer Garth Helm and multi-media designer Raj Kapoor.

Producer Goldberg said in an earlier statement, "White Noise smacks you in a challenging, emotional and entertaining way. The producing team looks forward to bring this unflinchingly honest new production to Chicago where audiences are sophisticated, aware and open to a musical that will certainly remind them of today's headlines and might awaken a new awareness of current social issues."

White Noise had an early developmental production in the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival, and then was fully re-developed and went on to a critically acclaimed and sold-out engagement at New Orleans' Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre in July 2009.

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