This opened off Broadway to great acclaim - and people who’s opinions I really respect have raved about it. The brilliance is supposed to be in the juxtaposition of modern, edgy songs vs the controversial 19th century German play the musical is based on.
Despite the rapture of the audience around me - many of whom seemed to be friends of the cast, or drama students - I personally failed to appreciate the show’s “brilliance”.
The songs are all catchy in an unmemorable sort of way - you can imagine Girls Aloud, or a Pop Idol contestant singing any of them.
The show seems like it’s evolved from an improv class with intelligent - but pretentious and pubescent - boys. The character development lacks the depth that greater maturity would provide, and the plot is very basic and not particularly well thought out.
It seems to be trying to be a bit like Jerry Springer the Opera - which was also controversial, and also one about which people held strong opinions. But JStO was more original and had some very intelligent concepts and humour amongst the contraversial and provocative stereotypes.
In its favour, I liked the opening scene and song, but felt the rest of the show failed to live to to its potential. And the cast are nearly all newcomers, and gave energetic professional performances. But that didn’t really make up for the lack of plot, dirgey score, unflattering wigs, unimaginitive set and poor direction.
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