A new musical based on the songs of late Fountains of Wayne songwriter Adam Schlesinger makes its debut tonight as part of the Adirondack Theatre Festival in Glens Falls, NY. Taking its title from FoW's 2007 album, Traffic and Weather will run through August 14.
Martha Banta, the Broadway producer (Mamma Mia, Rent, more) who cofounded ATF, says the project has been in gestating for years. “I fell in love with “Traffic & Weather” and couldn’t stop listening to the album. Being a director, I was always staging the songs in my head," Banta told The Saratogian. They met and discussed ideas but other projects kept Traffic & Weather on the backburner. When Schlesinger died from COVID in 2020, Banta saw it as a way to pay tribute. "I want to honor Adam, but I have no ownership in his creativity. I expect Traffic & Weather to be fun for audiences, a tribute to his talent, his warm personality and his wonderful humor.”