Atlanta-based comedic/satirical theater company Dad’s Garage is staging a nutty musical fantasy loosely inspired by the rapid success of local popsicle company King of Pops.
Written by Mike Schatz and directed by Tom Rittenhouse, King of Pops: A Post-Apocalyptic Musical stars Chris Rittelmeyer as Steven Carse, the real-life founder of King of Pops (along with his brother, Nick) who started the company with a single popsicle cart in 2009 after being laid off from insurance company AIG. Today there are numerous cart spots throughout Atlanta, not to mention a pick-up window at their home office, availability at selected eateries, convenience stores and grocers and a familiar presence at nearly every outdoor festival in the metro area. This “Post-Apocalyptic Musical” doesn’t exactly tell the literal history of the company, however, instead involving an evil baroness who offers to make Carse a real king.
Lyricist Schatz also co-wrote the music for the production along with Atlanta musicians and producers Ben Holst, Jason Shannon and James Watson. The musical runs at 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta’s Little Five Points district April 23rd through May 30th on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.