Belasco Theatre, New York • 2018-08-11 • 14:00
Formatted to death; ticking up boxes to appeal to GenX audiences:
- corny sitcom New Jersey humour, although some jokes do land,
- entrances & exits through the auditorium,
- generic rock score, loud amplification and the now obligatory rap song,
- audience participation & occasional breaking of the fourth wall,
- cartoonish aesthetics.
Many instances of deja vu:
- the audition scene (The Producers, The Full Monty),
- the moment of doubt before the final scene (The Full Monty again),
- the Les Misérables reference (Crazy For You & too many others to name),
- the updated “Dance at the Gym“ (Something Rotten!).
Very good performances, even though Marilu Henner seemed to be a little bit unsure of her lines.
Embarrassing curtain intro by Ken Davenport, which started the show on a Club Med kind of note.
Claims to be a rare instance of an original musical but ends up feeling like an ultra derivative product that never takes the risk of trying something different. Give me a good revival of a classic any day.
Best moment of the performance was hearing “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” on the theatre’s sound system during intermission.