Losing Your Humanity (a zombie musical)

Musicals & Operas · slj productions · Ages 13+ · United States of America

Content Warning world premiere
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Review by MIKE REYES

June 15, 2023 mike-check.com original article
tagged as: family · musical · zombie

What I liked

Overall, Losing Your Humanity is a fun and engaging musical that immerses audiences in a thrilling journey through a zombie outbreak. With its talented cast, compelling storytelling, and exploration of human resilience, the show leaves a lasting impression.

The music is catchy and funky, with talented voices delivering the songs. The musical numbers further enhance the storytelling, particularly standout performances like the Zom-semble’s rendition of “Free of Heartbreak.” These songs entertain and provide deeper insights into the characters’ emotions and experiences, enriching the overall narrative.

What I didn't like

Although the show’s concept and execution are commendable, there is the occasional feeling of cramped musical numbers due to the limitations of the small space, particularly at the Broadwater Second Stage venue. Despite this, the design team does an excellent job transforming the space and maximizing its potential. However, considering the scope of the production, one can’t help but imagine the added impact and possibilities a larger venue would provide more space for the performers to fully express themselves and for the audience to fully immerse themselves in the world of the musical.

Additionally, the unexpected curveball ending may polarize viewers as it deviates from the anticipated narrative trajectory. Expanding the story to a full two-act musical could potentially provide more time for character development and prevent certain moments from feeling rushed.

My overall impression

Losing Your Humanity is a charming new musical that explores a family’s struggle to maintain their humanity in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. The talented cast brings the characters to life, immersing the audience in their emotional journey. The musical numbers are catchy and enhance the storytelling, providing insights into the characters’ experiences. The comedic zombies add humor and levity to the show. The unexpected ending may divide viewers, but the overall experience is enjoyable and leaves a lasting impression. Overall this is a promising addition to the genre, combining humor, heartfelt moments, and thought-provoking themes.

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