Monday, September 13, 2010

Jurassic Parq: The Broadway Musical

Photo: Caite Hevner

Jurassic Parq: The Broadway Musical
tells the Jurassic Park story from the dinosaurs' point of view, commenting
along the wayon sexuality, family, musical-theatre tropes, and the struggle between science and religion. The plot, such as it is, is simple: the scientists who brought the dinosaurs back to life made them all female so that they couldn't reproduce, but one of the T rexes has suddenly developed a penis, along with a T rex-sized desire to use it. The story is narrated by Morgan Freeman, who may be Samuel L. Jackson, and who is in any event played by a white guy (the marvelously deadpan Lee Seymour), and the show features funny, energetic songs (by Emma Barash, Bryce Norbitz, Marshall Pailet, and Stephen Wargo) and top-level dance, fabulously choreographed by Kyle Mullins and energetically danced by the strong cast. Jurassic Parq provides a 70-minute good time, full of silliness and pointed satire. I suspect that the title is unduly optimistic;however, being an excellent non-Broadway musical is not chopped liver. (My 18-year-old nephew described it on his Facebook page as "the shit," which I understand is quite a good thing to be.)

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