Fringe Festival: "Those Were the Days: A Tribute to Television Themes" by Blue Umbella Productions at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage
Remember how I said '80s music is not my thing? That's because I spent the '80s watching TV. So Those Were the Days: A Tribute to Television Themes is totally my kind of show. The music is entirely from TV show theme songs, with a few commercial jingles thrown in for good measure. Being a lifelong TV addict, I knew most of the songs they sang, and even the ones I couldn't quite place, I recognized because they're so much a part of our pop culture history.
The show takes place at a memorial service for the TV theme song, which is long dead. And it's true, even though I've never really thought about it before: TV shows don't have theme songs anymore. Back in the days before DVRs or even VCRs, we were forced to watch the credits and commercials, and the theme song was like another character on the show. But those days are gone. Don't get me wrong, there are some amazing shows on TV right now. But no one goes around singing the theme song of Mad Men or Parks and Recreation, which is a little sad. That's why it was so much fun for me to remember all these great shows and their theme songs; it's amazing how the music brings you right back. And some of them are actually really good song in the hands of musical theater professionals such as these.
I had a blast at this show, remembering some of my favorite TV shows. Those Were the Days is presented by Blue Umbrella Productions and written by Paul Wittemore and Suzanna Winter, who are also members of the cast. Along with the other five cast-members, they do a great job of bringing these songs to life. I'll leave you with this, which still makes me smile every time I hear it.