Play Inspired by Pasadena's Most Famous Band Opens in New York City Off-Broadway

Published : Monday, November 12, 2018 | 8:12 AM

Atlantic Theatre Company in New York is preparing to present a world premiere of a new play that’s inspired by Van Halen, the band that brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen formed in Pasadena and San Marino 40 years ago which became one of America’s most popular rock bands of the late 70s and 80s.

The theatre company avoids using the Van Halen name throughout the play, Rolling Stone magazine reports, but it does describe the play, titled “Eddie and Dave,” as a “raucous retelling of the rise and fall of Pasadena’s most groundbreaking 80s rockers told through the foggy lens of a lonely, out of work MTV-VJ.”

“’Eddie and Dave’ is a gender-bending new play by Amy Staats (who wrote “Miles for Mary” and is Atlantic’s Tow Playwright-in-Residence) about hubris, friendship, family, fame, musical genius and what happens when the person you need is the one you find most irritating,” the theatre company said in an announcement.

The play opens January 10 and runs through February 10, 2019 off-Broadway, Atlantic Theatre announced.

Rolling Stone magazine calls it an “unauthorized dramatization of the lives of David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen” and the music site antiMusic says the play, apparently inspired by the legendary Southern California rockers, tells the story “with a twist,” by casting women to play the title characters.

Playwright Amy Staats plays Eddie, and Megan Hill, who has originated roles in the world premieres of “Do You Feel Anger?”, “Kentucky,” and “Hand to God,” plays Dave.

Tickets are now on sale for the world premiere.

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