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Rough Trade The Musical At Joe’s Pub

By Charlotte Robinson, October 17, 2022

Joe’s Pub in NYC will present “Rough Trade The Musical” a new glam bam thank you ma’am rock musical for a one-night-only concert performance on Sunday October 23rd at 9:30P. The musical is based on Rough Trade the iconic rock band that provided the soundtrack for activism, queer coming of age & the synthesis of pop & politics throughout the 1980s. The cast is led by Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Paradise Square, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Carole Pope. She is joined by Amy Spanger (Rock of Ages, Tick Tick Boom), Korie Lee Blossey (Aladdin, Elf the Musical), John Battagliese (Cruel Intentions), Danaya Esperanza (For Colored Girls), Julius Chase (The Tina Turner Musical) & Genesis Adelia Collado (Reefer Madness). Carole Pope the anti-diva herself will make a special appearance. The creative team features a book by Kate Siahaan-Rigg (disORIENTATLISM, Zombie Asian Moms), musical direction by Logan Medland (Rocktopia, A Bronx Tale) & early arrangements by Rob Preuss (Once, Mamma Mia!). Pope stated, “So excited to preview songs from Rough Trade The Musical composed by Kevan Staples & myself. Kate Rigg & I have been working on this project forever & are excited for it to see the light of day.” Using Pope & Rough Trade’s extensive Juno Award-winning pop-rock catalog, Rough Trade The Musical tells the true story of Pope’s brother Howie who moved to New York from Toronto in the mid-80s in pursuit of sexual freedom, rock n’ roll, & a new life. Landing in the middle of a global pandemic – the AIDS crisis – he becomes a founding member of queer activist group ACTUP & tragically sacrifices his life for love.

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