Truly Outrageous: A Jem & The Holograms Parody Musical

starlight productions · Ages 7+ · United States of America

family friendly world premiere
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June 23, 2023 certified reviewer

What I liked

The witty and modern script deserves a lot of credit, finding the perfect balance between honoring the source material and poking fun at it. The humor is self-aware, yet affectionate, particularly shining through in Becca McGlynn’s hilarious songs. One particular favorite of mine was “It Totally Makes sense that I’d be Here”. The unexpected rap battle towards the end is a terrific surprise, adding a unique subversion to a familiar formula.

One of the show’s standout features is the addition of a queer subplot romance, a thoughtful and heartwarming update that adds depth and diversity to the storyline. The creative decision to use this romance as the catalyst to thwart the Misfits feels not just empowering but also adds a layer of significance to the narrative. Truly the spirit of “Queer justice wins!”

What I didn't like

It’s challenging to find a flaw in such an engaging musical! It’s so well-done, and its commitment to embodying the campiness and humor of the 80s is applaudable. The show could benefit from a little more development of the secondary characters, but that’s a minor nitpicks in an otherwise outrageously fun musical experience.

My overall impression

A joyous and campy delight, an energetic homage to the iconic 80s TV series. The production captures the nostalgia of the original show while adding a contemporary twist that gives it a refreshing feel. Its flamboyant energy, unabashed queerness, sparkling humor, and campy 80s-inspired musical numbers offer a truly outrageous experience for the audience.

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