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DRUNK TANK: THE MUSICAL

musicals and operas · common good productions · Ages 16+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States

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MONICA MIKLAS June 10, 2014
tagged as: apocalypse · faith
Don't be fooled by the title: Drunk Tank is a surprisingly sobering take on what matters most when the world is ending. The haunting electronic-pop score, dynamite singers, and unexpectedly poignant book pack an emotional punch.... full review
GARON JOSEPH ATENCIO June 17, 2014
not what i expected and for the first time I'm okay with that. Great show... full review
KURT GARDNER June 14, 2014
tagged as: musical · jail · comedy · alcohol · end of the world
My favorite part of the Fringe, and indeed its primary reason for existence, is giving fresh new voices the opportunity to display their craft, open and unfettered by restrictions of any kind. Such is the case with Drunk Tank: the Musical, playing at Theatre Asylum. Created by a group of recent UCLA graduates, Drunk Tank reflects their youthful exuberance, despite the grim implications of the title.... full review
CECILIA SAMARTIN June 24, 2014
It's clever and playful premise aside, "Drunk Tank" contained surprisingly profound messages about relationship and life. I was engaged during the entire show and found many of the performances and vocals hauntingly beautiful. The dialogue was fun and light hearted, but the music and lyrics stole the show. It was worth going for that alone. If they had been selling CDs at the door I would've bought one! ... full review
ERIN MOORE certified reviewer June 11, 2014
Drunk Tank: The Musical is a cleverly written, well performed treat. Don't be fooled by the title into thinking you are in for a musical version of The Hangover! While there are moments of laughter it definitely takes a more soul searching path looking at relationships between a group of strangers as the end of the world approaches. With a running time of an hour, it a show you should make time to fit into your Fringe schedule!... full review
LOIS RHODES certified reviewer June 22, 2014
Such fun - Loved it. The cast was marvelous!!!... full review
CARLY D. WECKSTEIN June 23, 2014
tagged as: musical · original · Dark Comedy · live music · alcohol
I thoroughly enjoyed Drunk Tank: The Musical. I wasn't totally sure what to expect - would it be dark and "sobering"? sassy and silly? crude and rude? It was a little bit of all of the above and I liked it for that reason. The strongest part of the show was the music itself (very important, for a musical). The songs were beautiful, unexpectedly deep and moving. Seriously amazing work by composers Edan Frieberger and Kyle Jackson, and beautifully sung by the whole cast, who sounded fantastic together. I particularly enjoyed the voices of writer/actor Adam Epelbaum, and actors Chanel Edwards-Frderick, and Joseph Nwoko. When Nwoko's character, John Doe, finally bursts into song after being voiceless for most of the play, chills ran up and do... full review
JOANNA SYIEK certified reviewer June 23, 2014
In my mind, this show easily takes the crown for hippest music of the Fest. Some real hits in there. A nice surprise of a musical that I hope continues to be developed outside of June. ... full review
JOSEPH MCMAHON certified reviewer June 17, 2014
This was my first very pleasant surprise of the Fringe this year. I knew nothing about the show or the cast and ended up loving almost everything about it. The premise was unique, with a strong techno flair to most of the musical numbers. A live DJ provided the soundtrack, accompanied by another musician jumping between electric guitar and electric violin. The songs were fantastic and everyone had a great voice. The characters very entertaining and were performed with aplomb, with one exception, though I couldn't decide if it was because of how the character was written or how it was portrayed. But even that wasn't enough to ruin what I think is one of the better musicals at this year's Fringe, and you should definitely go check ... full review

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