A story about how punk saves lives
Music and Lyrics by Jason Narducy
Book by Brett Neveu
Directed by Artistic Director Nathan Allen
Note: The last performance of Verböten was March 8, 2020. Due to mandates issued by the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago regarding COVID-19, all remaining performances were canceled. Stay safe, ya punks.
EXTENDED TO MARCH 29!
RUN DATES: January 16 – March 29, 2020
TIMES: Thursdays & Fridays 8:00pm, Saturdays 3:00 & 8:00pm, Sundays 3:00pm
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1983. Chicago. It’s do-or-die for Verböten—a band made up of outsider teens with seriously complex home lives. As they gear up for a show at The Cubby Bear that is sure to change their lives forever, can they keep their parents from destroying the fabric of their self-made punk rock family? With lyrics and music by Verböten’s original guitarist Jason Narducy (Split Single, Superchunk, Bob Mould) and book by Brett Neveu (Odradek, Pilgrim's Progress, Traitor), Verböten is inspired by the true story of Chicago's own young punks.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED—Chicago Sun-Times
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED—Chicago Theatre Review
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED—Third Coast Review
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED—Picture this Post
PREMIER PRODUCTION SPONSOR
The Poetry Foundation
- Jason Narducy
- Brett Neveu
Jimmy ChungJason's Stepdad
Ray RehbergJason's Dad
Paul Fagen*Tracey's Dad
Jenni M. HadleyTracey's Mom
Marc A. RogersZack's Dad
Cari Meixneru/s Tracey/Chris' Sister
Derek Fawcettu/s Tracey's Dad/Zack's Dad
Nic Parku/s Jason/Chris
Kelan M. Smithu/s Zack
Nick Villalonu/s Jason's Dad/Jason's Stepdad
A. Nikki Greenleeu/s Tracey's Mom
- Kieran McCabeJason
- Krystal OrtizTracey
- Matthew LuntChris
- Jeff KuryszZack
- Jimmy ChungJason's Stepdad
- Ray RehbergJason's Dad
- Paul Fagen*Tracey's Dad
- Jenni M. HadleyTracey's Mom
- Chris' Sister
- Marc A. RogersZack's Dad
- Cari Meixneru/s Tracey/Chris' Sister
- Derek Fawcettu/s Tracey's Dad/Zack's Dad
- Nic Parku/s Jason/Chris
- Kelan M. Smithu/s Zack
- Nick Villalonu/s Jason's Dad/Jason's Stepdad
- A. Nikki Greenleeu/s Tracey's Mom
Amalie VegaStage Manager
Elyse EstesTechnical Director
Lindsay MaioranoAssistant Scenic Designer
Kenny ColeAudio Engineer
Jerica HuckeCostume Manager
Liz GomezMaster Electrician
Elura RogersWardrobe Supervisor
Jordan AffeldtAssistant Stage Manager
Jeanette RodriguezAssistant Costume Manager
- Amalie VegaStage Manager
- Elyse EstesTechnical Director
- Assistant Director
- Lindsay MaioranoAssistant Scenic Designer
- Kenny ColeAudio Engineer
- Jerica HuckeCostume Manager
- Liz GomezMaster Electrician
- Elura RogersWardrobe Supervisor
- Jordan AffeldtAssistant Stage Manager
- Jeanette RodriguezAssistant Costume Manager
Chicago Sun-Times by Kris Vire
“Narducy’s songs find a nearly perfect balance between the anarchic spirit of early punk and the narrative-moving character work of musical theater.”
Chicago Tribune by Chris Jones
“It holds together remarkably well. And it’s touching, a crucial asset for a punk musical.”
Chicago Theatre Review by Colin Douglas
“[I]t’s the story of a group of preteens with their individual problems, a need to create their own “family” with each other, and a passion to make music that hits home and makes this another must-see show by the House Theatre.”
Picture this Post by Margaret Smith
“A two-hour whirlwind of nostalgia, and foot-tapping, head-banging music.”
NewCity Stage by Ben Kaye
“[The musical numbers] range from full-on punk to musical theater rock-lite, but they’re all emotionally resonant earworms, performed earnestly and ably by this brilliantly crafted ensemble.”
Third Coast Review by Nancy Bishop
“Nathan Allen’s direction gives the play a lot of heart as it tells the story of outsider teens with parents who just don’t understand.”
Northwest Herald by Anthony Walker
“The earnestness of the characters and the energy of the show should satisfy any music lover. You can even wear your leather pants, an old Clash t-shirt and feel right at home.”
"Verböten’s story seemed destined to occupy an obscure corner in Chicago punk lore. But the quartet’s impact loomed larger than anyone could have ever expected."
"The idea for the musical came from playwright and TV writer Brett Neveu, who saw Sonic Highways and realized the guy Grohl was talking about was his neighbor."
Jason Narducy's childhood punk band Verböten subject of a new musical
– Bill Pearis, Brooklyn Vegan
"As Neveu developed a story about four kids navigating their messy lives while preparing for their big show at the Cubby Bear, Narducy got involved writing the music, giving Verböten an early-80s punk edge (something that could improve a lot of musicals)."
What turns kids punk?
– Leor Galil, Chicago Reader
The Justin Kaufmann Show, The story of musician Jason Narducy’s childhood punk rock band is coming to the Chopin Theatre
Linside Podcast with WXRT's Lin Brehmer, Linside Jason Narducy & Verböten the Musical
SPECIAL EVENTS with Verböten
Saturday, March 14, 8:00pm
$40, General Admission
Tickets on sale now here or call (773) 769-3832.
The House Theatre of Chicago is proud to announce a special one-night-only concert by Jason Narducy, the composer of their hit rock musical Verböten, on Saturday, March 14 at 8:00pm at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division St. A variation on his popular Living Room Show format, Narducy will play his own compositions and share stories from the defining moments of his career. This intimate performance on the set of Verböten is a unique opportunity to hear these songs directly from the songwriter, stripped down to just an electric guitar and microphone.
ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES at Verböten
Saturday, February 15 at 3:00pm
Friday, February 21 at 8:00pm
Touch Tour & Audio Described
Friday, February 28: (tour at 7:00pm, performance at 8:00pm)
Discounted tickets for Sensory-Friendly, Open Caption, and Audio Description are offered to those on our ACCESS listserv. Please join the listserv with this link.
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