Our upcoming production of “Reefer Madness: The Musical” has been featured in an article by DC Theatre Scene on the BroadwayWorld.com blog! Thanks for including us, Joel! Here’s an excerpt:
“How can you pass up a crazy pot-filled musical based on that 1936 cult classic Reefer Madness? This off-the-wall musical comedy, with book by Kevin Murphy and book and music by Dan Studney, and lyrics by Kevin Murphy, takes a satirical look at what can happen when clean-cut kids get hooked on weed, jazz, sex, and violence, as their lives “go to pot”. I’ve seen this insane musical Off-Broadway, and saw Studio Theatre’s Helen Hayes Award winning production six times, so I am curious to see what Dominion Stage will do with its smoke-filled version. There’s a lot to lure me to this production, because Catherine Oh and Mark Hidalgo are the choreographer, and John-Michael d’Haviland is the musical director. I respect their work immensely.
From choreographer Cathy Oh: “Mark Hidalgo and I have teamed up again to choreograph Dominion Stage’s production of Reefer Madness. Mark was also the Assistant Choreographer at Kensington Arts Theatres’s production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical. He was also my right-hand man at The Wild Party at Dominion Stage. Our choreography for Reefer Madness runs a wide spectrum – from the sweet pairing of the hero and heroine – to line dancing patriots – to dancing zombies in an orgy. The different styles of dance, including swing, apache, and a Vegas showgirl number, will appeal to any musical theatre and dance fan.
Director Matthew Randall has a great cast that includes some of my favorite local actors: Jaclyn Young, who is playing the All-American cutey – Mary Lane, Amy Baska, who is playing the kind-hearted pot den mother – Mae, Tom Flatt, who plays the “square” authority-type – The Lecturer, Sam Nystrom, who plays the frat boy turned pothead, – Ralph, Joel Piper, who plays the wholesome – “I’m in love with Mary”- Jimmy, and Michael Reid, who plays Mae’s evil, “pot-pimp” boyfriend, Jack. Lots of talent in this cast. Anyone got a light?”
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