Andy Warhol Musical: In Rehearsal

Toronto Fringe Festival (July 4th – 15th, 2018)

55 Minutes
Musical Theatre

Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory defined an era and launched a movement in many art disciplines — film, visual art, theatre, music, dance, life in general. ANDY WARHOL MUSICAL explores the ethos of the Silver Factory and the people who created that scene.

awesome, slinky, and sexy

Mooney on Theatre


Based on verbatim quotes — sourced from media interviews, documentaries, journals and other materials — ANDY WARHOL MUSICAL gives us the wild collection of beauties, talkers, artists, poets, musicians, dancers, philosophers, models, drag queens, socialites and amphetamine takers who were at the Silver Factory.

Among the real-life people whose actual words tell the show’s stories are:
• Billy Linich, a loyal and loving friend to Warhol;
• Gerard Malanga, Warhol’s assistant in silk-screening who also created the dances in front of the Velvet Underground along with Mary Woronov;
• Ondine, a friend of Billy’s and the star of many Warhol films;
• Brigid Berlin, a longtime friend of Warhol and an artist in her own right;
• the female superstars – Baby Jane Holzer, Edie Sedgwick, Ultra-Violet, Viva and Nico;
• the drag queens – Candy Darling, Holly Woodlawn and Jackie Curtis;
• Freddie Herko, a brilliant dancer and the first drug casualty in the group;
• an assortment of art curators, patrons, biographers, and other celebrities who frequented the Silver Factory.

fast paced, sassy, smart new play with a powerhouse cast of uber-talented singer-dancers

Gay Theatre Toronto


ANDY WARHOL MUSICAL is written and directed by Vinetta Strombergs, whose previous Fringe show, THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS THE MUSICAL was a sell-out hit at the 2013 Fringe Toronto and then transferred for a commercial run at the Panasonic Theatre. Her immersive production of STUPID FUCKING BIRD was a critical success and popular hit at a pop-up venue on King St West.

the SEXIEST show I have seen at the Fringe

Scott White

The songs and music are by Robert Swerdlow and come from his seminal early 1970s musical JUSTINE, which was performed at the Global Village, a warehouse space in Toronto very much in the style of the Silver Factory in New York. That musical was renamed LOVE ME, LOVE MY CHILDREN and transferred to New York, where it had a very successful Obie-Award-winning Off-Broadway run, starring Salome Bey. The songs and music are from this earlier musical and have been further developed, with new arrangements by Peter Nunn, a member of the group Honeymoon Suite. The choreography is by accomplished musical theatre director, choreographer and performer Gino Berti. The set design and projections are by the dean of Canadian theatre designers, Jim Plaxton.

synth-pop meets Broadway

Mooney on Theatre


A behind the scenes look at the creation of a musical about Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory and the people who helped make Andy famous for a lot longer than 15 minutes.

Andy Warhol has been called the most important artist of the second half of the 20th century. He might be the originator of branding, selfies, reality show, and how to become a celebrity. His prediction that “in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes” applies today more than ever. However, he did not do it alone. In fact, we believe it was the people around him during the Silver Factory days that actually helped him become famous. Without them the Silver Factory would not be the place that “anybody who was anybody” HAD to go . But who are those people? Who remembers them? We will be telling those stories through verbatim quotes and original songs.


Performance Schedule

Date Time
4th July 7:00pm Tickets
7th July 5:45pm Tickets
8th July 12:00pm Tickets
10th July 6:15pm Tickets
11th July 11:30pm Tickets
12th July 1:45pm Tickets
14th July 9:15pm Tickets


Toronto Fringe Festival (July 4th – 15th, 2018)
Venue #10
Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace
16 Ryerson Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2P3


Tickets on sale June 7, 2018. For tickets go here