Monday, February 12, 2018

REVIEW: Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire

The final season of HBO’s mega-popular adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy epic may be a few long winters away, but Game of Thrones fans can still get a taste of Westeros through a fan-made stage production. Five actors. Seven seasons. One show. Hit the jump to check out my full review of Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire.

Disclaimer: I was provided complimentary tickets to Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire courtesy of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Opinions are my own.

With only five actors portraying over fifty characters over the course of an hour and a half, the cast of Musical Thrones completely exceeded my expectations. They could’ve easily just walked out in a hat or a wig and said, “I’m Jon Snow,” and called it a day. Instead, nearly every character’s accent was impersonated, their greatest traits were exemplified. Tyrion is played on his knees (which works perfectly for certain less-PG scenes), Jon Snow’s quest is to not be boring, and Arya is played by a puppet. Lemme tell you, that puppet stole the show.

There were way more musical performances than I expected. Again, the five actors did a great job portraying over fifty different characters. It’s one thing to speak in an accent, it’s another to sing. They also had a great variety of different music styles. “You Know Nothing, Jon Snow” is a pretty legit love song. There’s “What About Me?” that features about a dozen main characters from the series lamenting about not being included in the production. The crowd favorite was undoubtedly Tyrion’s trial, which is depicted as a rap battle.

The show was phenomenal and a lot of fun. Just like the TV series, there are so many tiny and obscure easter eggs that any Game of Thrones fan is guaranteed to have a great time. One thing that sold the show is the lighting effects. The backdrop of this production is a white screen for most of the show, but changes color to be green during a certain battle and red during a certain wedding.

Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire has everything going for it. It’s got action, sex, death, and music. If you get a chance, you have to see this show.