NEW YORK — Wal-Mart is coming it to New York City, or at least to off-Broadway, in a musical satire called "Walmartopia" — a satiric look at big business in general and the Bentonville, Ark.-based giant in particular. Scheduled to open on Labor Day, the play takes place in a future world in which Wal-Mart operates every business in every state except Vermont, which has seceded from the U.S. to maintain itself as a Wal-Mart-free zone. It's a world dominated by the talking head of Sam Walton which appears, like Big Brother, on giant screens trying to re-make society according to Wal-Mart principles. The play focuses on a group of people that includes a mother who is passed over for a promotion at Wal-Mart in favor of a younger man. Songs include "One-Stop Salvation" and the finale, entitled "Outside the Big Box." The show will run at the Minetta Lane Theater.
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