When information broke musical utilizing the tunes of groundbreaking pop-punk group The Go-Go's can be coming to Broadway, most followers assumed the present would inform the story of the fierce fivesome's unlikely rise to pop stardom. But that present, Head Over Heels (open now on the Hudson Theatre), turned out to be something however a typical jukebox musical: it makes use of The Go-Go's catalog because the rating for an unorthodox story of two princesses and their quests to search out independence and love.
"It's tongue-in-cheek, however we by no means go into camp," says actor Andrew Durand, who performs the hapless Musidorus, a shepherd vying for one of many princesses' affections. "I feel that's what makes it so charming." Durand, together with stars Bonnie Milligan (Pamela) and Alexandra Socha (Philoclea) stopped by for this week's episode of Billboard on Broadway podcast to talk about what makes Head Over Heels such a refreshing manufacturing, and why The Go-Go's present the proper songs.
"Their lyrics lend themselves to storytelling so nicely," Socha says, noting that hits like "Vacation" might sound sunny and enjoyable however, upon nearer listens, have larger depth. The band's cheerily rebellious spirit additionally melds nicely with the musical's forward-thinking bent. "It's all the time been progressive," Milligan says of the present, noting that in its earliest incarnations Head Over Heels handled topics like gender fluidity and marriage equality. "Numerous our superfans are children that establish as they/them and non-binary, and that is the primary time they've had a narrative within the mainstream of leisure talking for them," Durand provides (Drag Race alum and Head Over Heels forged member Peppermint is the primary transgender girl to originate a lead function on Broadway). "We have a narrative that households can come to collectively and study collectively."
"And it's all celebratory and joyous," Socha says. "The complete journey of the present is everybody studying who their genuine self is and celebrating that."
None of the characters in Head Over Heels neatly match into typical musical theater character tropes, and the trio agree that that's an excellent factor. Milligan (who's making her Broadway debut within the present) is successful raves taking part in a princess who occurs to be plus-size — a proven fact that's by no means central to her portrayal of a glamorous and ultra-confident younger girl. "I by no means get to play the beautiful lady, ever," Milligan says. "It's loopy how revolutionary the concept of physique positivity is on the Broadway stage." Durand, too, finds that he's attending to play a distinct function from those during which he's normally forged. "I'm a goofball, so it's cool to play an ingenue-leading-loverman however nonetheless carry my humorousness to it and be foolish and never only a fairly boy," he says.
In their chat with host Rebecca Milzoff, the trio recall hanging out with the women of The Go-Go's all through the event course of, the time they received to carry out in producer Gwyneth Paltrow's house, and extra about Head Over Heels (the present's forged album, out on Sony Masterworks Broadway, is now obtainable digitally and shall be in shops Nov. 9).
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