Unauthorized Van Halen Play Headed to Off-Broadway – With a Twist!!


An unauthorized dramatization of the lives of David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen will be staged off-Broadway in New York City next year. Eddie and Dave will open at the Atlantic Theater Company – which launched the Tony Award­–winning The Band’s Visit – on January 10th and run through February 10th. The production carefully avoids using the Van Halen name, likely to avoid a lawsuit as Ultimate Classic Rock reports, but it hints at the band: the key art presents the musicians’ hair as it looked in the early Eighties.  The production also comes with a twist, so perhaps a “fair warning” is in order. Amy Staats, who wrote the play, will star as “Eddie” and actress Megan Hill will play “Dave.” The theater describes the play as a “raucous retelling of the rise and fall of Pasadena’s most groundbreaking Eighties rockers told through the foggy lens of a lonely, out of work MTV-VJ.” Vanessa Asilla plays the VJ. It will touch on “hubris, friendship, family, fame, musical genius and what happens when the person you need is the one you find most irritating.”


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