Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Musical Theater Therapy: "Under Pressure"



Mamma Mia!, the jukebox musical of ABBA songs, makes the jukebox musical seem so fun and effortless that dozens have tried to replicate its success, and fallen far short. Musical Theater Therapy looks at one of those attempts: We Will Rock You, the musical based on the music of Queen.

The plot and characters sound an awful lot like General Inzanity, the Zentipede rock opera/laser show from "The Laser-inth" episode of Bob's Burgers.

I think they tried way too hard to force character names and literal plot points from the songs. They really should have taken the spirit of the music and had fun with it.

Here's the plot description from Wikipedia: The musical tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and acts the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown.

For this song--"Under Pressure"--Galileo and Scaramouche wake up in a hospital, and realize that they are similar pariahs to society.

The show was panned by critics yet became one of the longest running shows in West End history.

Today's song is the iconic rock song "Under Pressure," retrofitted into a rock opera show tune, from We Will Rock You. Today's lesson: sometimes the critics are right.

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