Upcoming 'Nerds' Broadway Musical Chronicles Rivalry Between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

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An upcoming musical comedy that highlights the rivalry between Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is set to debut on Broadway on March 31, 2016. Called Nerds, the musical will chronicle the rise of Jobs and Gates and the competition between their two companies.

According to Variety, the musical will feature "an array of tech" like onstage holograms, projection mapping, and an interactive in-show app that lets audience members interact with one another and help choose the show's ending each night.

"We're thrilled to add a jolt of comedy to this already astounding theater season, with this hilarious tale of the Founding Fathers of Tech, from a creative team stacked with new voices," said producer Carl Levin. "While fine-tuning and re-coding the show for this exciting launch, we've also been exploring innovative ways to enhance the 'user experience' inside the theater, for a uniquely entertaining event - compatible for Broadway audiences of all generations."
The cast for Nerds has not yet been announced, but the play was written by Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner, both of whom previously wrote for cartoon series Robot Chicken. Casey Hushion directs, while music was written by Hal Goldberg.

Previews for the show start on March 31, 2016, and its official opening date is April 21, 2016. Tickets are available from the Nerds website with prices that start at $39.

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musika

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Well, that's gonna be a cringe-fest.

I live in New York, but I won't be going anywhere near this.
 

chucker23n1

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Cool, let's insult two of the most influential people of the 20th century as "nerds" and continue to perpetuate stereotypes about the millions of people behind the massive industries Steve and Bill have helped create.

That's not childish at all. Nope.

Additional suggestions: "Liars", a documentary about lawyers; "Thiefs", one about bankers; "Thugs & Terrorists", one about people of color.
 

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By the authors of Robot Chicken? That'll really draw in the New York crowds. /S

I can't imagine this will last very long. Goldberg has produced some musicals (Legally Blond, among them), but his only composing credit is for The Children, a little-known show where radioactive waste turns school kids into zombies. But who knows? Maybe this concept will work better than the Steve Jobs opera that's been in the works.

BTW, most Broadway shows that have attempted to incorporate a lot of new technology have crashed and burned quickly, from Bring Back Birdie to Spiderman. Perhaps its because the tech work consumes all the production time while the story and performances take a back seat. While the concept of letting people interact with the show via an app is intriguing, I can't imagine how they will get it to work reliably. Maybe it'll end up being the first hacked Broadway show.
 
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appledefenceforce

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Yawn. Who even cares at this point? He's dead and Bill Gates is not even involved with the management and operation of the M$ anymore.
 

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Please let the madness around books/movies/plays about SJ end! Let's let him rest and just appreciate that we had him on this earth for a little while.
How about people stop using the term "nerd" to advertise anything computer/gaming?
Well for one - this show began as a festival show in 2005 - before Jobs was dead. It's gained a following and received great notices in various parts of the country. That's why it's getting produced.

As for "nerds" - it's because the plot isn't just about the later years. It's about the garage years too. Get over it.
 

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Sorry to be nit picky but shouldn't this, "...but the screenplay was written...", read as this, "...but the stage play was written..."?
 

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Battle of the psychopaths!! Not since Sweeny Todd has something so useless, grisly and banal hit the Broadway stage.

Well, except for the big sex scene.
 

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How many more decades or centuries does computing have to endure until people stop treating it as "nerdy" and start treating it as normal and important?

Do you think nobody would object to a documentary about farmers titled "Rednecks & Hillbillies"?
Because Jobs vs Gates is a battle of nerds. Sure, everyone is computer savvy (almost everybody) now, but back then, you really had to be nerd to know what was up in the computer world. Hell, I look back to 1994, my first computer. I was a senior in HS. Computers were so weak (486 DX/2 50MHz 4MB RAM, 400MB HDD was mine), you HAD to learn how to install a video card, modem, SCSI, etc. You had to know what serial ports were, parallel ports, etc. To do anything really, you had to know about all this stuff. Today, computers are so powerful most people never upgrade anything, at least the casual folks. But in 1994, it was hard to be a casual folk when you needed to get your hands dirty if you wanted something more. You no longer need to be a nerd to use a computer to it's fullest.

I remember in 1994 in an issue of Rolling Stone, I saw http://www.iuma.com, and Prodigy at the time didn't even offer access to the web, but they would later that year. I remember opening Outlook on my computer (or whatever the email client was) and I typed in http://www.iuma.com in the TO field and thought something would happen. But even the email client did nothing as I got all my internet access via Prodigy which didn't even offer an actual ISP experience, with web/email. 2400 bps when I first used Prodigy, then 9600. I remember going to Sears and getting a 14.4 modem and having to install it myself. Once you went 14.4, you never went back!

So nerds is the new "n" word now?
 

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Cool, let's insult two of the most influential people of the 20th century as "nerds" and continue to perpetuate stereotypes about the millions of people behind the massive industries Steve and Bill have helped create.

That's not childish at all. Nope.

Additional suggestions: "Liars", a documentary about lawyers; "Thiefs", one about bankers; "Thugs & Terrorists", one about people of color.
Oh lord. Too bad Amazon doesn't sell a "sense of humor." But lets be real here... Bill Gates IS a nerd. Steve Jobs was one, but not as much as Woz is. Nerd is just a word. It's up to you to make it hurt you, and if it does then it says more about you than the person calling you that. And sometimes it's a term of endearment. Regardless parody done well is not childish, it's just human (in a good way).

Also a play or movie about lying lawyers and thieving bankers... this guy called Shakespeare was way ahead of you. Seems his stuff is pretty popular and has transcended and influenced not only generations but entire societies.

Don't really get why a story about "thugs and terrorists" would necessarily be about people of color. Godfather was about white people of Italian descent. Bonnie and Clyde were a couple of fair skinned mid-westerners. But there is a British comedy, Four Lions, about some incompetent jihadists. Very humorous and it even has actors of arabic descent playing the parts!
 

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How many more decades or centuries does computing have to endure until people stop treating it as "nerdy" and start treating it as normal and important?

Do you think nobody would object to a documentary about farmers titled "Rednecks & Hillbillies"?

A lot of Rednecks and Hillbillies would accept the title with at least some pride, truth be told. Just look at country music industry these days: half the hits are from people bragging about being a redneck. And, in case you haven't caught on yet, the words nerd and geek don't at all carry the same connotation as they did 10-20 years ago. They are *almost* compliments now. Not literally....but almost.
 

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How about people stop using the term "nerd" to advertise anything computer/gaming?
Cool, let's insult two of the most influential people of the 20th century as "nerds" and continue to perpetuate stereotypes about the millions of people behind the massive industries Steve and Bill have helped create.

That's not childish at all. Nope.

Additional suggestions: "Liars", a documentary about lawyers; "Thiefs", one about bankers; "Thugs & Terrorists", one about people of color.
How many more decades or centuries does computing have to endure until people stop treating it as "nerdy" and start treating it as normal and important?

Do you think nobody would object to a documentary about farmers titled "Rednecks & Hillbillies"?

GEEZUS, now even the geeks and nerds are playing oppressed identity politics? Seriously?

Sorry to be nit picky but shouldn't this, "...but the screenplay was written...", read as this, "...but the stage play was written..."?
In a musical, it's called the "Book". But....drumroll please...nerds don't know that!
 

GeneralChang

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Cool, let's insult two of the most influential people of the 20th century as "nerds" and continue to perpetuate stereotypes about the millions of people behind the massive industries Steve and Bill have helped create.

That's not childish at all. Nope.

Additional suggestions: "Liars", a documentary about lawyers; "Thiefs", one about bankers; "Thugs & Terrorists", one about people of color.
While I know there is still a lot of social ground to cover in this area, I think the key thing here is that people who fall under the category of "nerd" self-adopted the term years ago, and for many it doesn't carry negative connotations anymore. Granted there's still bullying of "nerds" based on the fact that they are "nerds," as well as a lot of stereotyping the culture, but it's nothing like calling all lawyers liars or all racial minorities thugs and terrorists. It's an example of an area where some social progress has actually been made.
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In a musical, it's called the "Book". But....drumroll please...nerds don't know that!
So, there's nobody credited with the lyrics there, which means that their writing credit would include the lyrics, so wouldn't they have technically written the libretto? Because the book doesn't usually include the musical portions of the musical?
 

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GEEZUS, now even the geeks and nerds are playing oppressed identity politics? Seriously?
I love this. "Hey, nerds! Why are you complaining about being called nerds? You're such nerds about it, man!"

While I know there is still a lot of social ground to cover in this area, I think the key thing here is that people who fall under the category of "nerd" self-adopted the term years ago,
Some. Others prefer geeks. Yet others prefer, y'know, not being labeled.

It's a sign of immaturity, is all. That society at large regards them as weird basement dwellers is unfortunate, and surely shouldn't be such an important aspect to a documentary about the two that it makes for a good title.
 

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All rather amusing here with the various takes on the word "nerd" as well as leaving Jobs to RIP and so on.

Neither Jobs nor Gates were nerds. Gates was back when described as "dorky" but that was about his looks and what was considered attractive at that time. Jobs was not a "nerd" nor was he dorky or anything else. Other words might describe him and often associated with business and salesman. Woz perhaps is closest to the term "nerd" and computer geek etc.

Candidly, I don't really care what they call it, don't plan to see "Nerds" and those that do, hope they enjoy it all. As far as I am concerned, both Jobs and Gates excelled in the computer business environment based on the efforts of others. I have less disdain for Jobs and a crap load for Gates (given how many companies and lives he trampled over for his baby - Windows).
 
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I love this. "Hey, nerds! Why are you complaining about being called nerds? You're such nerds about it, man!"



Some. Others prefer geeks. Yet others prefer, y'know, not being labeled.

It's a sign of immaturity, is all. That society at large regards them as weird basement dwellers is unfortunate, and surely shouldn't be such an important aspect to a documentary about the two that it makes for a good title.
You really need to get over this. You are not oppressed. Far from it.
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While I know there is still a lot of social ground to cover in this area, I think the key thing here is that people who fall under the category of "nerd" self-adopted the term years ago, and for many it doesn't carry negative connotations anymore. Granted there's still bullying of "nerds" based on the fact that they are "nerds," as well as a lot of stereotyping the culture, but it's nothing like calling all lawyers liars or all racial minorities thugs and terrorists. It's an example of an area where some social progress has actually been made.
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So, there's nobody credited with the lyrics there, which means that their writing credit would include the lyrics, so wouldn't they have technically written the libretto? Because the book doesn't usually include the musical portions of the musical?
Music & Lyrics are seperate from the Book. Did these guys write the Music & Lyrics?
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The books and movies were to be expected. But Broadway???
Why not?
 
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