PharmaBro recently completed a limited engagement 6-week run Off-Broadway at Players Theatre in NYC. Plans are in the works for future development. Please check back soon! If you are interested in producing, investing in, or licensing the show please Contact Us for more information!
PharmaBro is an *almost true* story about corporate greed, the American Dream gone wrong, and the Wu-Tang Clan stealing their one-of-a-kind album back from price-gouging, hoverboard-riding Martin “PharmaBro” Shkreli. It was inspired by Shkreli’s real-life purchase of the album and a viral internet rumor that Wu-Tang was allowed one heist to rescue the album - if they worked with actor Bill Murray.
With the ghost of deceased Wu-Tang Clan member Ol’ Dirty Bastard as his guide, Bill Murray teams up with Wu-Tang members RZA, GZA, and Ghostface Killah to execute “the musical heist you never knew you wanted but would DEFINITELY go see” (Yahoo Music).
PharmaBro features a cast of 6 with a flexible ensemble size.
Like most of the country, we became aware of Martin Shkreli as "that guy who raised the price of Daraprim by 5000%." He was all over the news, and became one of America's true villains. Then he did something... weird... he bought a certain one-of-a-kind hip-hop album, and threatened to destroy it. It only got weirder when rumors started circulating that said hip-hop group was going to hold a heist to steal the album back - but only if they worked with Bill Murray. Of course, that wasn't true, but people believed!
On the surface, this sounded like a great premise for a musical: real-life villains, hip-hop artists, heists, Bill Murray... what's not to love? But as we began writing, undeniably relevant themes started to emerge - corporate greed, the importance of art, the influence of the media - all underneath the wackiest, weirdest, most comedic premise imaginable.
It has been a weird and wonderful joy to take this idea and turn it into one of the most ridiculous musicals ever to come to Off-Broadway!
PRODUCTION HISTORY AND AWARDS
PharmaBro premiered Off-Broadway with a 6-week, limited-engagement run at The Players Theatre in May and June, 2017. It was nominated for Best New Musical of 2017-2018 by the Off-Broadway Alliance.
PharmaBro received its world premier as part of the 2016 Midtown International Theatre Festival and won two MITF Awards for Most Commercially Successful Production and Best Leading Actress. It was nominated for four additional awards, including Outstanding Playwright, Best Leading Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Lighting Design.