Welcome to the upside down world! A musical parody highlighting what we enjoy from Stranger Things Season 1 & 2. While seated on the stage, we never knew which cast or creature would be entering close to our seats. It kept us on edge as we were waiting for the grand entrance of the Demogorgon.
The musical parody pivots from the TV show as it highlights certain key scenes and dynamics between the characters. The cast mainly focuses on Mike, Dustin, and Lucas’ journey. Sorry Will your friends were looking for you but you appear to be excited about another adventure? The dynamic among the cast was fun teenager humor mixed in with sexual teenage tension by Nancy with Steve & Jonathan. Hopper and Joyce’s scenes were greatly exaggerated yet enjoyable, it is a parody after all! While we waited for Eleven to finally arrive, she played a minor role in comparison to the TV show. The cast does a great job with singing and choreography with the unexpected ‘Wow’ performance from Barb and Demogorgon. While there are a few songs too many that made the first set longer than it is, it’s better than other parody shows I’ve seen. The show is well-suited for adults and adolescents.
I would give this a solid B+, it’s great fun for all Stranger Things fans everywhere!
Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical has performances at Playhouse 46 at St. Luke’s (308 W. 46th Street) from now until early March. See schedule below.
Full press release with more info on the musical is below.
(NEW YORK) – Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical has announced an extension at Playhouse 46 at St. Luke’s (308 W. 46th Street). Originally set to close on Sunday, January 1, performances will now continue with a limited 8 week extension beginning on January 13. For tickets, performance times, and information, please visit StrangerSings.com.
With book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Hogue, Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical is a wild and irreverent send-up of the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things” and all its campy ’80s glory. Take a trip back to Hawkins, Indiana, 1983: when times were simpler, hair was bigger, and unsupervised children were getting snatched by inter-dimensional creatures. Join Mike, Eleven, Lucas, Dustin, and the whole Hawkins gang for a night of adventure, thrills, pubescent angst, heavy synth, poor parenting, convoluted love triangles, cheap effects, dancing monsters, and maybe, just maybe… justice for everyone’s favorite missing ginger, Barb Holland.
Casting for the Stranger Sings! extension will be announced in the coming days.
“We are delighted by the overwhelming response from our fans over the last 16 weeks, and are thrilled to keep the portal open to laugh and party along with our favorite Hawkins crew. Everything’s coming up Barb in 2023!,” said Jonathan Hogue (book, music and lyrics) and Nick Flatto (director).
The creative team includes direction by Nick Flatto, choreography by Ashley Marinelli, musical supervision, arrangements & orchestrations by Michael Kaish, a scenic design by Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominee Walt Spangler, costume design by Matthew Solomon, lighting design by Drama Desk nominee Jamie Roderick, sound design by Germán Martínez & Cosette Pin, and props by Brendan McCann. Kathleen Rose Gallardo is Production Stage Manager, and Lara Sato is Assistant Stage Manager. Casting is by Zachary Spiegel, CSA; general management by Visceral Entertainment, advertising & marketing by Leanne Schanzer Promotions, digital marketing by Super Awesome Friends, and the production counsel is Feldshon Law, PLLC – Lee Adhemar G. Feldshon, Esq.
Stranger Sings! is produced by Sue Gilad, Larry Rogowsky, Nick Flatto, and Jonathan Hogue. Co-Producers include Catherine Schreiber, Bard Theatricals, Miranda Farag, Inbal & Ron Gonen, Xin Wen, and Jason Turchin / Jim Kierstead. Joseph Longthorne is an Associate Producer.