Public Domain: The Musical

musicals and operas · hyperbolic media/running song productions · Ages 13+ · United States of America

family friendly world premiere
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June 17, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

This is a thirty-minute show which wastes no time packing in the jokes. The Statler and Waldorf adjacent puppets are the first things I saw and already I knew I was in for a good time.

Each character is given their time and a song, and then they’re whisked away, never to be seen again. None of them outstay their welcome and are all excellently portrayed.

I want to say my highlights, but saying who any of the characters are is a little bit of a spoiler. I’ll just say the “hero song” is goddamn hysterical and the one about wishes is so, so clever it makes me mad that I didn’t think of it.

Also, Ember is a phenomenal performer and needs her own TV show. I’m not joking about this, she is astounding as a singer, actor, and comedian.

What I didn't like

If you don’t enjoy this you probably are the sort of person who explains the intricacies of the tax code to five-year-olds.

My overall impression

This is some goofy ass shit, best viewed with a drink or two bubbling away inside your body. It’s fun, it’s short, the songs are clever, and you’ll be catching your breath from laughter

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