Friday, May 22, 2009

"Octomom the Musical" coming to Hollywood

Sets Stage for Ultra-Sound Performance in 8-D Octo-MAX
Social Parody of Octo-Proportions Complete with Flying Babies from Chris Voltaire, Playwright/Director/Producer, Slated for Summer Delivery in Hollywood

Pop culture has a daring, new voice and it's set to the tune of social parody. Just when the world couldn’t get enough Octo-Madness enters Octomom the Musical. The new show from Chris Voltaire, playwright/director/producer, cleverly reinvents the Octo-phenomenom and moves full steam ahead to present this summer in Hollywood (theatre to be later announced). As the Octo-clock turns, with the show premiering in mid-July, tickets are selling fast and the expectancy is nothing short of an S.R.O. audience throughout the show’s run. To-date, all the buzz and hit count on Google for “Octomom the Musical” has reached over 26,000… and still climbing!

"Parody with a point."
FOX News

One of the most anticipated musicals of the summer, Octomom the Musical is more than a fictionalized comedy inspired by the news headlines. Voltaire’s original, fast-paced musical pastiche reflects popular current events and the iconic figures of our time.

"The show is for people who love the Octomom, who hate her and who love to hate her," says Voltaire. "It is also about Bernie Madoff (Made-off in the show), funny money, and the insanity of the economy."

The show will also feature a chorus line of Octettes (think Rockettes but dancing in Snuggies, the blankets with arms), flying babies, puppets, stimulus packages, and much more.

"Be prepared for big laughs and ridiculousness."

Must be seen to be believed… a small epic for our strange times!

Voltaire, with an edgy clever wit and often scathingly critical repartee, creates an entertaining mix of characters with an ironic look at "the public’s addiction to growth and needing more."

With Voltaire continually updating and improvising his show to reflect current events, each show will be unique and will also feature secret celebrity cameos at every performance. Even the actors onstage won't know who!

"The audience can expect an energetic performance of singing, dancing, and physical comedy," says Voltaire.

At press time, plans are for the actress who recently won the lead role of Octo to be formally announced Wednesday, June 3 – with first-photos to also be made available. The public intrigue continues to build with rumblings about the actress striking an uncanny resemblance to a certain La Habra, California resident. True? Another ‘must be seen to be believed’ from the show!

With casting nearly completed the Octomom Musical team looks forward to introducing the entire cast and premiering one of the show’s musical numbers. The show picks up at the height of 2007 when the character of Octo has just had twins (her fifth birth at the time).

She is visited by an angel, or devil to some, who congratulates Octo and in turn she pleads, "I did my part of the deal," because the angel had promised to help her have babies… but now, she is not being let out of the deal.

One of Voltaire’s favorite songs he wrote for the show is a love duet between Octo and the Doctor. It is performed just before her in-vitro fertilization.

"You are the chef with the right recipe,
so crack those eggs and help me multiply..."
Octomom/Doctor Duet

"This is a crazy show… just nuts, but on purpose," admits the maestro creator. "We want audiences to join us and laugh together in Hollywood for one hour because these are times people really need to laugh."

Voltaire has certainly procreated a universal one, if not a further appetite for such pop culture fodder.

In support and of counsel to the production, Jonathan Handel, a top entertainment attorney more notably recognized in recent news for his commentary on SAG’s union talks, offers: "'Octomom the Musical' is a fun night out that will leave audiences thinking afterwards… a lighthearted parody/satire about a serious subject: American excess. That's the mistaken idea that more of everything is the road to happiness. Instead, that approach has brought us too many mouths to feed, financial fraud, and economic collapse."

Choreographer/filmmaker, Dean McFlicker, has recently joined Octomom the Musical as choreographer. He is recognized from the NBC shows Grease: You're the One that I Want and The Singing Bee.

"Of all the octuplet musicals I've choreographed, this might be the best one yet," says McFlicker, who is also the Vice President of NBC Primetime Special Projects where he handles production, direction and choreography.

Voltaire is a Los Angeles based actor/writer/producer/director and has been praised for his comic edge. He has been further heralded as "a new age Chico Marx" for his acting in the film, The Low Life, starring opposite Ron Livingston and Rory Cochrane. His major film roles have included: Looking for Jimmy (directed by Julie Delpy), Persons Unknown (with Naomi Watts), and he made his screen debut in Alive (directed by Frank Marshall). Since then, Voltaire has also guest-starred in over fifty episodic television shows such as Dollhouse, Eli Stone, Life, Cold Case, In Plain Sight, Everybody Hates Chris, and for four seasons played the role of Boz Bishop opposite Cheech Marin and Don Johnson on Nash Bridges.

Voltaire, who has also produced and self-financed over 100 live events in Hollywood under his Cabaret Voltaire banner since 2003, wrote the Octo-Musical in five weeks and plans a series of shows centered on and about pop culture. He attributes Octomom the Musical to a career in Musicals since he was a kid, doing regional productions at theatres up and down the East Coast and Los Angeles. The Broadway stage has always eluded him, but Voltaire believes Octomom the Musical might have the belly to spawn a New York run, especially in a theatre landscape where Toxic Avenger the Musical is sweeping awards.

Is the real Octomom, Nadya Suleman, trying to contact the show?

According to Voltaire, "While we're not exactly sure who the inquisitive parties have been, our production office has received a handful of phone calls from a particular 562 area code, pretending to be a reporter for a fictitious radio news network."

As to concern for any possible Suleman backlash to the show…

" We welcome her and will be holding a reserved seat in her name at every performance," says Voltaire. "It would show people she's got a sense of humor about the whole thing... it would certainly make a great episode for her upcoming reality show."

In widespread anticipation of its debut performance, Octomom the Musical has gained unprecedented momentum. Voltaire sees no reason why they couldn't follow in the footsteps of the wildly popular Jerry Springer: the Opera, which is currently touring the world. The Octo-Musical is a show people all over the country will be fascinated to see. As it now readies to procreate its showstopping rendezvous, will all the fanfare cause the show to move from opening stage to national tour? Stay tuned!

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