Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Musicals Monday

Whoops, I totally didn't blog yesterday.

What I *did* do though was attend an (off-?)Off-Broadway production called Hey, Do You Know What Would Make A Good Broadway Musical? This Would! just up the street. It was an awful lot like [Title of Show], which I saw last year, except this one starred two boys and a girl instead of two boys and two girls, and was about turning bad movies into musicals, instead of talking about bad musicals, in numbers set to music.

I enjoyed both shows. They're both about the meta-concept of creating a hit Broadway musical in the 2000's, both take digs at Disney's Little Mermaid, both have very specific NYC references (Gristedes! Blockheads!) and both give shout-outs to Comden & Green (even though last night's made fun of the concept of musicals based on movies...so maybe they ignored C&G's Applause).

In the one last night, the conceit is that they'll create big musical productions of 90s movies, like Home Alone, Twister, Jerry Maguire, and Scream. For me, I've only seen 25% of the four movies they were spoofing, so some of the gags were lost on me. Still, it was an enjoyable evening.

Here's a bit they did about a girl fight during Twister. Even without the back-story, it's pretty clever. I like how they're fighting over a character named Bill, then they both try to pay the bill at their restaurant. Word play!

And now here's the boys from [Title of Show] explaining their production.

What I really wish they had done was mix it up, Improv style, so the audience could shout out requests. I would, of course, love to see a musical version of Murder, She Wrote. Or The Girl Most Likely To.... Or Sorority Boys. Or...


Kevin said...

I saw Home Alone in 1990. But as I recall, I didn't want to see it, but went went along -- out of boredom? lack of other options? -- with friends who did. As a protest/stunt, I curled up in my seat nap-like and refused to look at the screen.

CRD said...

I never saw that one, except I know how the kid puts his hands on his face a lot. I did see Scream in college and liked it even though it was super scary. What I didn't like was coming home from the movies and Doug had drawn the scream-face on our dry-erase board and I was terrified he was going to jump out from behind something and terrify me. I curled up on the couch nap-like and refused to look up just in case.