“Brokelahomo!’’ and “Inferno!,’’ two productions that have virtually nothing in common but the exclamation points in their titles and the fact that they were previously staged in Boston, are slated to run at the same off-Broadway theater this fall.
Inspired by “Oklahoma!’’ and the films “Destry Rides Again’’ and “Johnny Guitar,’’ “Brokelahomo!’’ is a musical spoof by Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans that premiered at Boston’s Machine nightclub earlier this year. It will be presented Oct. 19-21 at Theatre 80 St. Marks in New York, shortly after the show returns to Machine Oct. 13-14, with proceeds from the Boston performances intended to support the New York transfer.
In addition, “Inferno!,’’ whose full title is “Inferno! Fire at the Cocoanut Grove: 1942,’’ will run at Theatre 80 St. Marks from Nov. 21 to Dec. 16. Written and directed by James Hansen Prince, who runs the Richardson, Texas-based Core Theatre, “Inferno!’’ draws from accounts by survivors of and witnesses to the devastating 1942 fire at Boston’s Cocoanut Grove nightclub, in which nearly 500 people died. It was presented two years ago at the Boston Center for the Arts.