Tuesday, October 8, 2019

review - FRIDAY THE 13TH, THE PARODY MUSICAL - All Puppet Players

Zachary Funk
photo courtesy All Puppet Players
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through October 26

"The classic horror film Friday the 13th spawned numerous sequels as well as a TV series and is the latest pop culture hit movie to get humorously spoofed by All Puppet Players. With the inclusion of around a dozen songs, an impressive set, and an original script, Friday the 13th, the Parody Musical is also a departure from the majority of All Puppet Players productions which usually stick closely to the screenplay of the movie they are spoofing with a fairly minimal set design. Watching a group of puppets get stalked by a killer while singing about it makes for two funny hours in the theatre. Director Shaun Michael McNamara's adaptation uses the major characters and plot device from the first film in the series but also adds in some characters from the sequels, as well as a few cameos of characters from other horror films....McNamara has incorporated more than a dozen classic musical theatre songs into the show with parody lyrics for each one that add some fun moments, like the opening song from Hamilton rewritten as an introduction for the killer Jason, and the hockey mask-wearing slasher doing a humorous soft shoe to "Puttin' on the Ritz. However, some of the lyrics are forced into the songs and are occasionally hard to make out due to the fast-paced nature of some of the songs and the uneven sound balance...Friday the 13th, the Parody Musical may have a few jokes or moments that only elicit chuckles or don't completely land, but with the added musical sequences and the impressive creative elements, it makes for a fun and funny update of the classic horror franchise that both fans of the film or musical theatre will most likely find to be very amusing."  -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

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