Sunday, January 21, 2007

Gutenberg! The Musical!

The only way to get to Carnegie Hall might be practice, but the way to Broadway is with lasers, a million drunks, and the Holocaust. In the meantime, the miles and miles of heart of Bud Davenport and Doug Simon (played by Christopher Fitzgerald and Jeremy Shamos, in roles originated and written by Scott Brown and Anthony King), are more than enough to get Gutenberg! The Musical! an extended off-Broadway run. And with good cause: this highly entertaining show uses the conceit that Bud and Doug are earnest writers hoping to transfer their work of historical fiction (i.e.., "Fiction that's true") to Broadway. This industry parody wouldn't work anywhere else (the remixed Cast Recording that follows the curtain call is lots of laughs), though irrelevant songs (like "Biscuits") work all on their own charm. Really, what's not to love?

[Read on] [Also bloggedy by: David]

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