- CHARITY BENEFIT
“Triassic Parq the Musical” has so much going for it. The set and the playbill are clever and the cast superb. This is a musical for those who are 14-30 or like bawdy, crass, over the top humor. I can see this becoming a cult musical classic like “Rocky Horror.”
The plot explains why the Dinos in Jurassic Park ate the humans. It seems all the Dinos were female and when a species is all one sex, some of them change so the race survives. Males vs. females and jealousy occurs. I loved that a white Morgan Freeman (Lee Seymour) narrates, finally color blind casting with the opposite approach.
It seems T. Rex 2 (the vocally powerful Claire Neumann) has gone from a she-rex to a he-rex as her girlfriend T. Rex 1 (Shelly Thomas) and fellow she-rex still will follow her anywhere. The new he-rex gets the scent of a newly turned woman Velociraptor (the adorable Alex Wyse) who wants to understand why Mama (Wade McCollum) has banned T-Rex
The score by Marshall Pailet is fun but not memorable and the hip-hop number has the fabulous Lindsay Nicole Chambers as the exiled scientific raptor working way too hard.
Pailet also directs, and he does well by his talented cast, especially the multi talented (Brandon Espinoza) as Mime-a-saurus.
Pianosaurus (Kak Sandler) and Percuss-a-don (Jeremy Yaddaw) make the band sound lush and exciting.
Ok, so the book and lyrics by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Stephen Wargo, are a sophomoric blast. If you like Saturday Night Live or Beeves and Butthead you will get a guilty pleasure out of this. Hell, I don’t like either and I still had a roaringly good time and was thoroughly entertained.
Someone should move this to New World Stages.
“Triassic Parq the Musical” continues through Aug. 5th at the SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, South Village; (212) 352-3101, triassicparq.com.