Correction: Pop! has been extended through the 21.

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 12, 2011 1:26 PM |

Billed as a "musical murder-mystery extravaganza," Pop! takes as its jumping-off point the real-life, non-fatal shooting of Andy Warhol. Pop! is played to the hilt as a fun, escapist night out at the theater. Considering that it's about a man whose controversial "pop art" rarely scratched below the surface, it's fitting the play would have no grand meaning to impart, either. Maggie-Kate Coleman's story doesn't really draw you in. Anna K. Jacobs's score, on the other hand, is lively and appealing, a multi-genre approach that fits right in with hit musicals of recent vintage. Ultimately, Pop! gets its pizzazz from a strong cast and several knockout performances. The women in particular sing their strong soprano hearts out. Extended to Aug. 21. Studio Theatre's 2ndStage, 14th & P Streets NW. Call 202-332-3300 or visit studiotheatre.org.

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