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‘Stereophonic’ To Begin Broadway Previews A Day Early With $40 Show

Stereophonic, the hit Off Broadway play about a Fleetwood Mac-esque ’70s rock band, will begin its Broadway transfer a day earlier than planned, with previews at the Golden Theatre now set to start on Tuesday, April 2.

All tickets for the added performance will be priced at $40.

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“When I was a small boy, my mother took me to Broadway shows every other week,” stated playwright David Adjmi. “She could afford to do this only because theatre was so much less expensive back then. And those shows changed my life. In this spirit, we are excited to offer $40 preview tickets to Stereophonic. I am thrilled to be able to share our show with as many theatergoers as possible.”

The opening date of April 19 remains the same.

The additional preview date was announced today by producers Sue Wagner, John Johnson, Seaview, Sonia Friedman Productions, Linden Productions, and Ashley Melone & Nick Mills.

The play, with had a sold-out premiere engagement at Playwrights Horizons last year, is directed by Daniel Aukin and features songs by former Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist and composer Will Butler. The limited Broadway engagement will run for 14 weeks only.

The cast, reprising their acclaimed Off Broadway performances, includes Will Brill as Reg, Andrew R. Butler as Charlie, Juliana Canfield as Holly, Eli Gelb as Grover, Tom Pecinka as Peter, Sarah Pidgeon as Diana, and Chris Stack as Simon.

The synopsis: Stereophonic mines the agony and the ecstasy of creation as it zooms in on a music studio in 1976. Here, an up-and-coming rock band recording a new album finds itself suddenly on the cusp of superstardom. The ensuing pressures could spark their breakup — or their breakthrough. In Stereophonic, Adjmi invites the audience to immerse themselves—with fly-on-the-wall intimacy—in the powder keg process of a band on the brink of blowing up.

Broadway producers seem increasingly willing to experiment with low-priced tickets to launch shows without brand-name titles or major stars, encouraging theatergoers to take a chance as positive word of mouth builds. Both Shucked and Lempicka are recent examples. For Stereophonic, the approach could also help the production get a leg up during a very crowded Broadway spring.

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