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Nothing Bad: A Werewolf Rock Musical

musicals and operas · theyplayed productions · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by MICHAEL FONTAINE

June 06, 2017 my haunt life original article

What I liked

The music, the acting, the subject matter

What I didn't like

Can’t think of anything!

My overall impression

What happens when you take elements of “Grease”, “Pleasantville”, and even a movie such as “Haute Tension” and combine them? You get Nothing Bad: A Werewolf Rock Musical! This show was so much fun and was one of the shows I was most excited about seeing. Part of that reason was the man behind the music, Dan Sugimoto, who did the music to one of my Fringe Faves from last year, Broadway Noir. Much like last year, I’m still singing the opening number from “Nothing Bad”. His songwriting and musical composition is catchier than a cold. When you have great songs going alone with great acting and a fun story, you become that much more attentive and interesting. Everything just takes a hold of your senses here. One minute you’re laughing at how prude Christopher Cross (played by Jake Saenz) is and in that same moment, feeling bad for his girlfriend Lily (played by Lexi Eiserman). You really want them to work out in the long run, but the long run has some twists and turns in place. I had joked with friends about there being a “Disney-esque” realization at the end, but not in that typical “happy-ending” sort of way, which is another reason I liked this so much.

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