New Musical Asks: Who Took a ‘Pop’ at Andy Warhol?

“Art is anything you can get away with,” Andy Warhol, one of the leading figures of the Pop art movement, once famously contended.

A musical that is based loosely (very loosely) on a real incident in Warhol’s life — an assassination attempt — will make its world premiere Nov. 27-Dec. 19 at the Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel St. (corner of York Street).

Maggie-Kate Coleman wrote the book and lyrics and Anna K. Jacobs wrote the music for the show — titled “Pop!” — which will be directed by Mark Brokaw, artistic director of the Yale Institute for Music Theatre.

“Pop!” asks the question: “Who shot Andy Warhol?” The drag queen Candy Darling, a character based on a real-life member of Warhol’s studio known as The Factory, hosts a whodunit musical in which the famous — and infamous — denizens of The Factory all have motives to pull the trigger. “But,” says the official description of the play, “the pop art icon unravels an even bigger mystery as he confronts not only the prime suspects, but also his art and his own greatest creation: himself.”

Tickets for “Pop!” range from $35 to $67 (except for Monday, Nov. 10, when all tickets will be $10) and are available online at, by phone at 203-432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep box office, 1120 Chapel St. Student, senior and group rates are also available. Yale faculty, staff and students can also purchase a Yale Pass, which includes six tickets which are good throughout the season at the Yale Repertory Theatre. The tickets — which cost $170 versus the regular six-ticket pass cost of $270 — can be used in any combination on the dates of your choice. For more information, visit the website or phone the box office.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19, and on Wednesday, Dec. 9. A preview performance will be held on Monday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. Opening night is Thursday, Dec. 3. There will be a reception for graduate students at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 and another for senior citizens at 1 p.m. on Dec. 9. “Talk Back” programs with the cast and crew will be held after the evening performance on Thursday, Dec. 10, and after the matinees on Dec. 5 and 12. There will be an “open captioning” performance on Dec. 12, and an “audio description” program on Dec. 19.

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