Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fringe Festival 2016: "Game of Thrones: The Musical"

Day: 10

Show: 48

Category: Musical

By: Really Spicy Opera

Created by: Basil Considine

Location: Ritz Theater Proscenium

Summary: The epic HBO show Game of Thrones told in a campy musical style, with puppets.

Highlights: If Game of Thrones: The Musical doesn't scream Minnesota Fringe Festival, I don't know what does. It's a completely ridiculous, totally fringetastic spoof of the beloved series and the people who love it to the point of obsession (it seems to be based more on the TV show than the novels by George R. R. Martin, continuing up through last season's finale). Because it's only an hour and the series is 60 hours (and counting), some characters, places, and storylines are understandably left out, like Daenerys, Tyrion, Theon, Ramsay Bolton, Dorne, the Iron Islands, and there wasn't nearly enough Jaime for my taste (but there never is). But still, writer, music director, and accompanist Basil Considine managed to fit in a lot of stuff in a short time. The songs are funny and clever (including ones set to the tune of "Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas and "On My Own" from Les Miserables). And the cast completely commits to the over-the-top, campy, Avenue Q-like tone. It's great fringey fun, especially if you love Westeros.