Art is the one thing that goes beyond barriers to expand the minds of people everywhere. Musicals, for instance, take every shot they can to talk about the latest pop culture phenomena, political error or simply a random thought.
Through musicals, everything from religion, gender roles, economic status, love and friendship is explored in occasionally ridiculous manners. Though we wouldn’t put a musical about Octomom at the top of the list for a Tony Award, it does make for an interesting night at the theater. It’s the quirky musicals (“Rocky Horror,” for instance) that become revolutionary.
Musicals open our minds to the world around us. The ones below are some that you may not know about (yet!), so read on and prepare to be entertained.
By: Patrick Blute
This ridiculous idea for a musical takes the songs of Britney Spears uses them to chronicle, um, the life and death of Jesus Christ. If you’re about to run out and grab tickets for this show, slow down, because you can’t. Sadly, this was a one-night only show performed at the Foxwood Theatre in New York on November 7, 2013. Though many Christians feared the show would destroy the religious significance of Christ’s life and death, apparently it was done in a respectful manner. Can this open on Broadway now, please?
2. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”
By: Richard O’Brien
Three words describe this show: hilarious, strange and transvestites. A loving couple, Brad and Janet, have just gotten married and are en route to their honeymoon when their car breaks down (always the start of a horror movie, right?). It starts raining, and they walk back to a mansion they remember passing on the way. When they go inside to ask to use the phone, nothing was as they expected. To keep it simple: A lot of cross-dressing and a lot of singing occurs. You can always watch the movie version, however, nothing is better than dressing up as the characters and seeing it live. Again, it is a very strange show and the first time you see it, you’re gonna be confused. Trust us, it’s okay.
By: Chris Voltaire
Remember Octomom? The insane woman with 14 kids? This 2009 musical tells the story of her life in a humorous (if fictional) fashion. It tries to stray from making fun of the memorable Octomom, but of course, some of the humor ties in with the facts of the Octomom’s life. Though I have not seen the show, it seems to have gotten some rave reviews. Which is good to keep in mind–if you’re ever having a low point in life, pop out eight babies at once and write a musical about it!
4. “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog”
By: Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen
Luckily for you, this is not a show you have to see on Broadway or in a theater. To see this musical, simply search for it on YouTube, buy it on DVD, or watch it on Netflix. And let me tell you, it’s fantastic. It stars a glorious Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible and Nathan Fillon as his nemesis, Captain Hammer. Dr. Horrible, an aspiring villain, tries to prove he is a good (well, bad) guy and make it into “The Evil League of Evil,” led by Bad Horse. While trying to do so, he meets a girl, falls in love, and gets hit a lot by Captain Hammer. It is one of the funniest shows ever and the music is absolutely amazing. Please do yourself a favor and go watch it immediately.
By: Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond
Two words: so fetch. Deep down, we all know we’ve been waiting for this our whole lives. And though it’s not ready just yet, word on the street is it’s making great progress. One wish for opening night: It needs to be on a Wednesday, and the entire audience wears pink. Bonus points: Tina Fey and her husband are composing the script and score for the musical adaptation.
After reading this, we’re sure you you’re on your way to buy tickets or watch these shows online. Musicals make for a fun night, and the funniest ones are often the ones that aren’t talked about too often.
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