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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Broadway’s Next H!t Musical inspires fits of laughter

  • It’s been awhile since I saw a show that made me laugh so hard it hurt, but Broadway’s Next H!t Musical as performed Saturday at the McPherson Opera House did just that.
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  • It’s been awhile since I saw a show that made me laugh so hard it hurt, but Broadway’s Next H!t Musical as performed Saturday at the McPherson Opera House did just that.
    I laughed until so hard I though I was going to pop a lung. This show, which played at the McPherson Opera House Saturday night, was amazing.
    The show is completely improvised based on song titles audience members submit prior to the show.
    The first half of the show was presented as an awards show with each of five randomly chosen songs being featured in short improv skits.
    The night began with a rendition of the song “Make Me an Instrument of Your Love,” from the musical “The Last Recital.” The show portrayed a 48-year-old man who was still in a beginner’s trumpet class after more than 30 years.
    Next Deb Rabbai, who also is the co-artistic director, and co-producer of the show, took the stage with Robert Z. Grant to perform “I Have an Affinity for Your Chemistry” from the musical “Brits Abroad.” Thisstrangers who meet on a train and fall in love.
    My favorite skit of the night was the portrayal of “The Joy of Creamed” corn from the musical “An Island of One.”
    I must admit I was not sure how the cast was going to pull this one off, but I thought their depiction was hilarious. “An Island of One” was the story of a man who had been lost on an island for 17 years and is trying to reassimilate into his family. Rob Schiffmann is delighted when his wife serves him, what else but creamed corn. I laughed and laughed. I loved it.
    Vegetables seemed to be the theme for the night as the final song of the night was “Bird’s Eye is Watching” from the musical “Greener than Green.”
    This musical depicted a hostile takeover attempt of the Green Giant company by the Bird’s Eye company.
    The audience chose by a show of applause “Bird’s Eye is Watching” to be depicted in a short musical during the second half of the performance.
    The players improvised a veggie melodrama, during which Bird’s Eye taps Green Giant’s phones and ruins their crops.
    It is only revealed later that the Bird’s Eye CEO and Green Giant CEO, Cedrick, are brothers.
    In great theatrical manner, the Bird’s Eye CEO signs over his shares to his former assistant to bring together a unified Veggie Inc. shortly before his death.
    Page 2 of 2 - I felt the second half of the show was not quite as side splitting as the first. However, as the person who accompanied me so adeptly put it “How much can you really say about vegetables?”
    I have much respect for these artists. You must consider their show is unscripted, and the cast has to come up with vocals and plot on the fly.
    I would strongly recommend this show to anyone, and I would go and see it again. Remember its different every time.
    Schiffmann also is a co-artistic director and producer on the show. Other co-producers include Ralph Buckley and Greg Triggs. Other cast members included Courtney Simmons,  Rebecca Vigil and Pianist Eric March.
    Contact Cristina Janney at cristina.janney@mcphersonsentinel.com follow her on Twitter @macsentinel
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