Van Halen-themed broadway play will debut in early 2019

music news 06/11/2018

A play that is loosely based on the story of Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth will debut in January.

The play, titled " Eddie and Dave" will run at  Atlantic Theatre Company in New York from 10th Jan through 10th Feb 2019.

The official website calls the play a "raucous retelling of the rise and fall of Pasadena's most groundbreaking 80s rockers told through the foggy lens of a lonely, out of work MTV-VJ. Eddie and Dave is a gender-bending new play by Amy Staats (Miles for Mary, Atlantic’s Tow Playwright-in-Residence) about hubris, friendship, family, fame, musical genius and what happens when the person you need is the one you find most irritating."

In a gender-bending twist, most of the characters will be portrayed by women. Both Eddie and Dave will be portrayed by Amy Staats and Megan Hill respectively. Neither the characters' last names nor the band name, Van Halen, are directly referenced, which could mean that the Broadway show was not authorised by the Van Halen estate. The poster however, did feature the iconic hairstyles of both Eddie and Dave.