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Horny-the Musical

musicals and operas · westside original works · Ages 12+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by anonymous

June 14, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

The production has the “hey guys – let’s put on a show!” appeal of performers (of varying skill sets) banding together to try and entertain an audience while having a lot of fun doing it. Although the topics raised (sexual dynamics and the power of the individual vs societal expectations or “norms”) are certainly serious, the material approaches them with a light hand and tries to avoid preaching by using song, dance, and over-the-top characters to skewer the subject matter. Some of the performers stand out either for their poise and professionalism (e.g. The Bachelor) or for their almost insane willingness to “let it all hang out” (pardon the pun) – such as the “Father” figure.

What I didn't like

The lyrics are okay. Although they could be improved, to my ear the melodies need more focus/development to become memorable/catchy. Casting “greener” actors in musicals is a long standing tradition that can serve both the individual production, and the art form itself. (It’s where I started!) But if there isn’t sufficient time to school the newer actors then the director might consider either instructing those actors to “watch and learn” from the more seasoned performers. Or even pair up actors to allow the veterans to help coach the newer players. It was obvious everyone was trying their best (kudos for that!), but the skill or talent discrepancies were evident. Also, based on the limited time productions are allowed to rehearse in their performance space I would reconsider the need/use of most of the “cubes”. As the stage itself is already elevated from the audience I don’t think the show really needed them — especially since they served more as a hindrance or even danger to many of the performers.

My overall impression

Fun, frivolous and definitely sexy! …sorry — horny ;)

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