by Gary Comenas
January 15, 2022: Paul Bettany will be starring as Andy Warhol opposite Jeremy Pope as Jean-Michel Basquiat when The Collaboration opens in February at the Young Vic in London. Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, the play recounts the friendship and artistic collaboration between Warhol and Basquiat. Bettany recently played the Duke of Argyll in the BBC mini-series A Very British Scandal.
The play runs from February 16, 2002 - April 2, 2022 at the Young Vic. It will be interesting to see how Bettany's portrayal of Andy Warhol compares to David Bowie's portrayal of the artist in the film Basquiat which covers a similar period.
January 1, 2022: Gus Van Sant's stage musical Trouble, based on Andy Warhol's life, or at least a segment of his life, has ended its European run early. It originally made its debut as "Andy" at the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II in Lisbon on Thursday, 23 September, 2021 A dismal review appeared in the New York Times of that production - ‘Andy,’ Gus Van Sant’s Warhol Musical, Is a Surprise but Not a Miracle by Laura Capelle - which noted that after Portugal, the musical would tour Europe, stopping off first in Rome and Amsterdam. After its Portugal run, the play was renamed Trouble.
Although the page announcing the Rome performance has disappeared from the net, it originally indicated that the play would be performed 19 - 21 November 2021 at Boca - Teatro Nacional D. Maria II with the following credits:
text and direction Gus Van Sant
music and lyrics Gus Van Sant
with Carolina Amaral, Diogo Fernandes, Francisco Monteiro, Helena Caldeira, João Gouveia, Lucas Dutra, Martim Martins, Miguel Amorim, Valdemar Brito
artistic co-operation and dramaturgy John Romão
musical direction Paulo Furtado / The Legendary Tigerman
vocal direction João Henriques
stage design José Capela
lighting design Rui Monteiro
sound design João Neves
technical direction Gi Carvalho
executive production Francisca Aires
production BoCA (Lisbon)
co-production National Theatre D. Maria II, deSingel, Festival Romaeuropa, Onassis Foundation, Kampnagel, La Comédie de Reims, Teatro Calderón
What appears to be a review of the Rome performance by somebody who was there appeared on Arshake.
It was also announced that Trouble would play in Athens in March 2022 (as reported on this site), but that page has disappeared from the net.
Gus Van Sant is due to speak at a film screening on January 22, 2022 in Los Angeles - if you attend that event you might ask him about Trouble.