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bWalmartopia begins performances August 21st at The Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane), with opening night set, appropriately, for Labor Day 2007 - Monday, September 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

This "irreverent political satire of big business and eternal smiley faces" is written by Catherine Capellaro (Book) and Andrew Rohn (Music and Lyrics).  With direction by Daniel Goldstein and choreography by Wendy Seyb, the cast features Cheryl Freeman (The Civil War, Play On!, The Who's Tommy) and Nikki M. James (All Shook Up, Bernarda Alba, The Wiz at La Jolla) as mother and daughter (and Wal-Mart employees) at the center of this lampoon of the corporate giant.  The cast also features Sarah Bolt, Bradley Dean (Company, Man of La Mancha), Stephen DeRosa (Hairspray, Into the Woods), John Jellison (All Shook Up, Caroline, or Change, Anything Goes), Brennen Leath, Andrew Polk (The Accomplices), Pearl Sun (How the Grinch Stole Christmas!), Scotty Watson, and Helene Yorke.  Watson plays the 'head' of the late Wal-Mart founder, Sam Walton.

"It's Mom vs. Mart!  Walmartopia tells the hilarious and timely tale of Vicki Latrell, a single mom and Wal-Mart employee who speaks out against her company's working conditions and finds herself and her young daughter jettisoned to 2036, into a future where Wal-Mart dominates the entire world," state press notes.  The show was previously a hit at last summer's New York International Fringe Festival.

Tickets are priced at $65 & $45, and may be purchased online at or by calling (212) 307-4100.

Click Here for a Exclusive Interview with Andrew Rohn (music/lyrics) and Catherine Cappelaro (book)

Photos by Philip Carrubba

Walmartopia cast

Stephen DeRosa (in white coat) and ensemble

Model of the "Act Curtain"

The creative team: Catherine Capellaro (book), Andrew Rohn (music & lyrics), Wendy Seyb (choregraphy), August Eriksmoen (music direction) and Danny Goldstein (director)

Nikki M. James and Cheryl Freeman

Bradley Dean, Scotty Watson and Andrew Polk

Cast members Pearl Sun, Sarah Bolt, Heléne Yorke and Brennen Leath

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