PANIC! The Musical Officially Announced by Panic! At The Disco
Who doesn’t want their own Broadway musical these days? While the idea of a music artist creating a musical based off of their music and lyrics is no new idea to Broadway, the Great White Way has seen it’s share of surprises lately. Earlier this week producers announced a new Tupac inspired musical would hit Broadway later this season and now Panic! At The Disco, the famous American rock band, has announced plans to stage their musical which has been in the works for several years. While Broadway has seen many music artists such as Green Day (American Idiot) or The Who (Tommy) before, these latest to hit the page are different than before. While some may worry about the best may to bring to life theatrically music meant for the top charts, have no fear. Panic! At The Disco is no stranger to theatrically when it comes to its work. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Panic! At The Disco is working on a brand new musical titled Panic! The Musical.
PANIC! The Musical is a new musical based off the songs of the famous American rock band Panic! At The Disco. According to press notes, “Oliver Murphy, a confident musician, is recovering from the reckless behavior he developed after prematurely being thrown into the touring scene. His fortitude is suddenly uplifted after meeting the pristine Andi Witko, who is slowly but surely straying away from her faith after a recent tragedy lead her to question its validity. PANIC! the Musical explores the journey of two young souls colliding their world’s, and forming an unconventional bond that proves to be a mixed blessing.” The musical is set to feature songs from all of Panic! At The Disco‘s four albums. The musical will include some of the bands greatest known hits in he music world! The production will use the music and lyrics of the band with a book by Christina Rose Sabia.
Panic! At The Disco is an American rock band that was formed in 2004 in Las Vegas. The band includes four members led by Brendon Urie provides lead vocals, guitar and piano. The band also includes Spencer Smith as drummer. (Smith has currently stepped away from the band for a short period to enter rehab) During live performances, Kenneth Harris joins the band as a touring guitarist. The band has released four albums which include A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out in 2005, Pretty. Odd. in 2008, Vices & Virtures in 2011 and Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die in 2013. The band has gone through several changes as members have been fired and departed over time due to artistic conflicts. The two remaining original four members of the band are Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith. Some of their best known hits involved “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”, “Nine In The Afternoon”, “The Ballad Of Mona Lisa” and many more.
While we don’t know much about Panic! The Musical, we have learned much of the creative team involved in the production! Panic! The Musical is created and directed by Alexis Acar. The production will feature choreography by Evan Lovelace with musical arrangements by Brandon Austin. Craig Petrocelli will serve as musical director. Brianna Garza will serve as production stage manager.
At this point in time, no official timeline has been announced for PANIC! The Musical to hit the stage. Currently, the production is attempting to raise funds through the popular site Indiegogo. They have set of a goal of $20,000 dollars within the next 50 days. Currently, the production has $255 dollars to its name. Also, while no official details of a workshop or location have been announced, the Indiegogo site mentions a musical workshop and lists its location as New York City. While this may just be something listed since Broadway is the long-term goal for Panic! At The Disco, we did think it was something worth noting.
When word began to spread of a Panic! At The Disco musical, social media exploded. The musical has a Facebook page which already has over 4,800 likes and a twitter account with over 1,300 followers. While Broadway and the theatre world looks on, much of the chat is outside that world with fans speaking of how they would support the musical in a future stage life no matter where it be.
Luner on Theatre actually covered some of the very first news on a Panic! At The Disco musical when the word broke back in 2011 the band was interested in staging a piece based around their music and lyrics. When Panic! At The Disco spoke to The New York Times back in 2011 and they asked about a potential stage life for the groups musical, drummer Spencer Smith said “That would be amazing, To put together a show that was a mix of our music as well as maybe tell a story … that would be like a dream”. He went on to mention if he didn’t know if that idea was even possible. Well, it looks as though now we know it is indeed possible.
While we don’t know much about PANIC! The Musical just yet, Luner on Theatre is very excited to be kicking off this journey with the production and the long road ahead of them! We will be bringing you everything from casting to photos and so much more as this musical evolves. We hope to cover this from workshop to a full staged production no matter where that may be. Click here if you are interested in making a donation to the fund for PANIC! The Musical. At this point in time, no official website for the musical exists. However, you can visit PANIC’s Official Facebook Page or Twitter Page for more information! Be sure to follow Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!