The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals

The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals is a horror comedy musical with music and lyrics by Jeff Blim and a book by Matt and Nick Lang. It is the 11th staged show produced by StarKid Productions. The show ran from October 11, 2018 to November 4, 2018 at the Matrix Theater in Los Angeles, California. A recording of the musical was uploaded to YouTube on December 24, 2018.

Funding for the show was done through Kickstarter, similarly to StarKid's most recent shows. The project raised $127,792 USD through 3,419 backers out of its $60,000 goal.[1]

Synopsis

Act 1

A group of singing zombies address the audience that they will be watching a show set in the island of Hatchetfield about a guy who didn't like musicals, Paul Matthews, and his love interest, a barista. They express their shock and indignation at his dislike for musicals. They signal for him to enter the show but he does not do so. When he finally enters, they insult him ("The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals").

In the office of CCRP Technical, Paul interacts with Bill, his best friend and coworker, Mr. Davidson, his boss, and Charlotte and Ted, who are also his coworkers. Charlotte has a phone conversation with her husband and police officer, Sam, where she laments missing their monthly therapist-scheduled cuddle night. Bill invites Paul to come see a touring production of Mamma Mia! with him and his teenage daughter, Alice, who Bill feels he must make an effort to connect with after his divorce with his wife. Paul declines, stating that he "rather do anything" than go see a musical.

Paul goes to the local coffee shop, Beanie's, where he tips the barista, Emma Perkins, and has a conversation on their mutual dislike of musicals. As he leaves the coffee shop, he is accosted by Greenpeace Girl, who tries to solicit a donation from him. Their conversation is cut off by a rapidly approaching storm. Professor Hidgens addresses the storm frantically, stating he has been waiting for it. Lightning flashes and a large crash is heard.

The next morning, Paul on his way to work encounters a group of singing and dancing people on the street, including Greenpeace Girl who he met yesterday. The singers recall their past lives and express the newfound happiness in life they found through song and dance ("La Dee Dah Dah Day").

Paul arrives to work and is called into Mr. Davidson's office. He gives excuses, thinking his boss is unsatisfied with his work, but Mr. Davidson cuts him off, asking him what he wants in life through a song ("What Do You Want, Paul?"). Scared by his boss suddenly singing, he leaves with the excuse to get coffee. He arrives at Beanie's, where he confides in Emma that he is worried the world may have turned into a musical overnight. Emma, not convinced, excuses herself to sing a tip song with her coworkers ("Cup of Roasted Coffee"). She quits out of anger due to the fact that she has to sing so much at her job as a barista. The customers in the store suddenly fall over and die, whereupon the baristas reveal they have done something the coffee. The customers then reanimate and join the baristas in a song ("Cup of Poisoned Coffee"), chasing Paul and Emma out of the shop.

Paul and Emma meet his coworkers, Bill, Charlotte, and Ted in an alleyway, where they find out that people all over town have started singing and dancing unexpectedly. Charlotte reveals that she has called Sam and the police arrive, where they break out into song, singing and harassing everyone until Ted hits Sam over the head and knocks him out ("Show Me Your Hands"). Emma proposes that they seek help from her biology professor, Hidgens.

The group arrives to Hidgens' compound and he reveals that he has been preparing for this exact doomsday scenario for decades. He tells them that the blue goo found on Sam's skull is the result of an alien invasion. Sam wakes up once he and Charlotte are alone together. singing to her and reminding how they used to be before their marriage started to fall apart. He begs her to untie him, but she is unconvinced until he fakes his death, causing her to free him ("You Tied Up My Heart"). He the rips out her guts.

Meanwhile, Emma and Paul sit down and have a conversation about their childhoods and lives, where Paul reveals that he saw her in her high school production of Brigadoon and they realize she is the reason he doesn't like musicals. Their conversation is interrupted by Charlotte and Sam entering, singing that they all must die ("Join Us (And Die)"). Professor Hidgens returns, shooting and killing both of them.

Bill receives a phone call from Alice, who is still at school. Bill instructs her to hide until he can come get her. Paul goes with Bill to rescue his daughter. Before they leave, Emma asks Paul to make sure he isn't caught, lest he end up singing and dancing. Paul reassures her that he will never be in a musical.

Act 2

Paul and Bill enter the high school, searching for Alice while Bill worries about being a bad father. Paul tries to reassure him that Alice's situation isn't his fault before Alice and two of her friends enter and contradict Paul. Alice beings to sing that she is no longer Bill's daughter and that Alice is dead, and that Bill did not do a good job raising her ("Not Your Seed"). Bill, distraught, attempts to kill himself with the shotgun they brought to defend themselves, but Paul stops him and tosses it aside. While Paul is busy comforting Bill, Alice picks up the shotgun and shoots and kills him. They try to kill Paul, but he is rescued and then subsequently knocked out by the army arriving.

Back at Professor Hidgens' compound, he confides in Emma on the nature of the alien invasion. They figure out a way to defeat it, but he has since changed his mind about defeating it and subdues her. Paul wakes up and is greeted by General McNamara, who works within a special unit of the US Army called PEIP, who tells him that if he is able to rescue Emma, the army will have a helicopter come pick them up.

Emma wakes up, tied to a chair with Ted. Hidgens opens the gates to the compound and reveals that he is sure the only way humans will be saved from themselves is if they let the alien invasion continue. He then goes on to reveal that his first love in life, before biology, was musical theater, much to the dismay of Emma and Ted. He purposely attracts the aliens by singing, including the opening number of a musical he has been working on called Working Boys, where he reminisces about his days with his friends in undergrad ("Show Stoppin' Number"). His singing attracts the zombies, though he is too out of his mind to realize this and thinks that they are his college friends. The zombies join in his song before dragging him off and killing him.

Paul arrives to rescue Emma and Ted and they immediately head for the pickup site, however the zombies catch up to them and drag off Paul. Emma tries to save him but Ted keeps running. He makes it to the pickup site and is greeted by PEIP, who have also been infected and begin to sing ("America Is Great Again"). McNamara shoot and infect Ted. Paul and Emma arrive to witness the song. They make it through the infected to the helicopter after Emma shoots McNamara in the arm and get on. However, they find that the pilot is Zoey, who begins to sing and pulls a gun on them. The resulting fight causes the helicopter to crash. A piece of rebar ends up in Emma's leg. She tells him to leave her behind and go destroy the meteor to end the invasion. He reluctantly leaves her and takes a grenade belt along with him.

Several zombies once again address the audience through song ("Let Him Come"), where they pass on the word throughout the zombies that the star of the show, Paul, is making his way to the meteor and to let him. Paul enters the local theater, the site of the meteor crash, and is greeted by the zombies of his friends and Emma's boss, Nora. They tell him that they are happy now, and that if he destroys the meteor he will also die. They ask what he wants, to which he replies that it does not matter. The zombies, however, disagree. They begin to sing, telling him that they feel there is a song in him. He begins to unwillingly dance along, much to his horror, as they tell him let it out. His reply of "never" comes out as a note, to which Hidgens tells him that his proximity to the meteor is infecting him. Paul begins to switch between singing and talking, fighting against the infection. He manages to pull the pin on a grenade and throw it at the meteor, yelling that he doesn't like musicals ("Let It Out").

A newscast from the neighboring town of Clivesdale states that it has been two weeks since the events of the show. Emma is in a hospital in Clivesdale and is greeted by Colonel Schaffer, a PEIP agent, who has set up a new life and identity for her as Kelly. She asks about Paul, but Schaffer tells her that there were no other survivors but that she will be escorted to her new life by Ben Bridges, who PEIP is sure they are good friends. Ben enters, and reveals himself to be Paul. Emma and Paul embrace, before Paul beings to singing, apologizing to her that she has lost. He is joined by other zombies and they sing a medley of previous songs in the show and implore her to join them. They tell her the ending is "inevitable" and surround and drag her off stage ("Inevitable").

Roles

Cast

Character Actor/Actress
Paul Matthews Jonathan Matteson
Emma Perkins Lauren Lopez
Ted Joey Richter
Charlotte Jaime Lyn Beatty
Bill Corey Dorris
Alice / Zoey Mariah Rose Faith
Professor Henry Hidgens Robert Manion
Mr. Davidson / Sam / General McNamara Jeff Blim

Note: All actors besides Jonathan Matteson played additional ensemble roles.

Characters

Paul Matthews – A guy who doesn't like musicals and unsure of what he wants in life. He has a crush on Emma.

Emma Perkins – A barista who is going back to school.

Ted – The office asshole.

Charlotte – A woman in a failing marriage. Her husband is Sam.

Bill – A divorced father trying to connect to his teenaged daughter, Alice.

Alice – A teenage girl who is caught between her parent's divorce and facing the struggles of growing up.

Zoey – A bratty teenage girl who is working as a barista and also dabbles in musical theater. Also has an affair with Sam.

Professor Henry Hidgens – One of Emma's teachers at her community college and a doomsday survivalist.

Mr. Davidson – Paul, Ted, Charlotte and Bill’s boss.

Sam – Charlotte’s husband. He’s a Cop that cheats on his wife.

General McNamara – An army man that tries to help Paul.

Crew

Crew member[2] Job
Nick Lang Producer, Director
Ilana Elroi Sound Design, Engineering
Brian Rosenthal Sound Design
Corey Lubowich Scenic Design, Producer
Amy Plouff Senic Charge
Sarah Petty Lighting Design
June Saito Costume Design
Jade Svenson Wardrobe/Deck Hand
Paul Gabriel Stage Manager
Matt Dahan Music Direction, Keyboard 1
Josh Fleury Bass
Sam Johnides Guitar, Keyboard 2
Ryan McDiarmid Drum

Musical numbers

A cast recording was released on December 24, 2018.

Critical reception

The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals received generally positive reviews from local publications.[3][4] The musical also has an 8.5/10 rating on IMDb.

References

  1. ^ "The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals - A StarKid Horror-Comedy!". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  2. ^ a b c "The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals". StarKid Productions. Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  3. ^ "Youtube Musical Review: 'The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals' is hilarious, horrifying in its underlying message – The Lafayette". www.lafayettestudentnews.com. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  4. ^ Jan. 9, Emily Worrell / 6:34 p m; 2019. "Starkid's 'The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals' is campy in the best way". Ball State Daily. Retrieved 2019-06-05.

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