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Photos: BEDBUGS!!! Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway

Composer, Paul Leschen (Drama Desk nominee for Twist!, Scissor Sisters) and book & lyricist Fred Sauter's (MFA, NYU Musical Theatre Writing Program) musical Bedbugs!!! is taking over the Upper West Side this week. Presented by Dale Joan Young, Bedbugs!!! is the award winning comedy sci-fi thriller rock musical. Bedbugs!!! features the direction and choreography of Robert Bartley with musical supervision by Deborah Hurwitz. Bedbugs!!! opened last night, September 14, and will run through October 26 at the ArcLight Theatre (152 West 71 Street). BroadwayWorld has photos of the opening night festivities below!

In this girl-meets-bug sci-fi-rock-musical-comedy, Carly, an exterminator, is hell-bent on avenging her mother's bedbug-related death. In an effort to permanently rid the city of its infestation, she accidentally mutates the pests into an army of human-size, intelligent, carnal creatures out for blood and world domination. Described as a cross between "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Rocky Horror Show", Bedbugs!!! is a cautionary tale of toxic love and a blitz of 80's nostalgia, spawning an "*improbably entertaining" and "**wonderfully outrageous and inventive" original new musical.

Leading the cast are Chris Hall (Jessie's Girl at Poisson Rouge, Revision Theatre's Rocky Horror Show) as Cimex, Grace McLean (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) as Carly, Nicholas Park (Mr. Irresistible, Dear Edwina) as Burt, and Brian Charles Rooney (Bway: The Threepenny Opera) as Dionne Salon, the cast also includes Danny Bolero (Bway: In the Heights, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Tracey Conyer Lee (Sistas: The Musical, TV's "SMASH"), Barry Shafrin (WikiMusical Regional: Good News), Gretchen Wylder (TIl Divorce Do Us Part, Regional: Avenue Q) Courtney Bassett (POP! (Who Shot Andy Warhol?) ) and Colin Scott Cahill (Regional: Damn Yankees, Into The Woods). The creative team includes costume design by Philip Heckman, scenic design by Adam Demerath, lighting design by Kirk Fitzgerald, sound design by Ed Chapman, wigs, hair and make-up design by Bobbie Cliffton Zlotnik, props design by Cameron Pate and Adam Roberts is the associate choreographer.

BEDBUGS!!! with music by Paul Leschen, books and lyrics by Fred Sauter, direction/choreography by Robert Bartley, and musical supervision by Deborah Hurwitz. Performances run through October 26. Opening night was last night, September 14. The ArcLight Theatre is located at 152 West 71 Street. Performance Schedule: Tuesday - Friday at 8PM; Saturday at 3PM & 8PM; Sunday at 3PM & 7PM. Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes with intermission. For more information or to hear a sample of the music, visit or

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