“Head Over Heels” (The Go-Go’s Musical)
June 28, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Variety’s review of the show when it was in San Francisco says Head Over Heels could have been called “A Very LGBT Thing Happened on the Way to the Masque” (masque as in 17th century court performance, and Masque as in the Hollywood punk club where the Go-Go’s learned their chops — take your pick). That’s one juxtaposition that’s really anything but odd, since the Go-Go’s and Carlisle have ended up amassing a huge gay fan base over their decades of breaking up and reuniting. The plot of “Head Over Heels” really gets underway well into the first act, when the lowly shepherd Musidorus (Andrew Durand), banished by the king from pursuing the princess Philoclea (Alexandra Socha), cross-dresses as an Amazonian warrior to get quality time with his unsuspecting sweetheart. It’s a setup right out of “Some Like It Hot” or “Tootsie,” if not time immemorial, but imagine a “Some Like It Hot” that just gets less and less straight until it ends with a succession of same-sex marriages.”
“Head Over Heels” is directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) with musical arrangement by Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner Tom Kitt (“Next To Normal,” “American Idiot” and choreography by Emmy Award nominee Spencer Liff (“So You Think You Can Dance,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”). With a wickedly funny original book by Tony winner Jeff Whitty (“Bring It On: The Musical,” “Avenue Q”) adapted by James Magruder (“Triumph of Love”), this new production also includes scenic and puppet design by Tony Award nominee Julian Crouch (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), costume design by Academy Award and Tony Award nominee Arianne Phillips (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), lighting design by four-time Tony Award winner Kevin Adams (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “American Idiot,” “Spring Awakening”), sound design by Tony Award nominee Kai Harada (“Follies”) and projection design by Andrew Lazarow.