I had a gay 'ol time at the NYMF production of HOMO The Musical! This fun, original musical made me happy to be gay and proud of all the steps forward the gay community has made to achieve equality. A fun book, written by Lola Rock-n-Rolla, about an alien from Planet Homo who inflantrates a religious Middle American family by posing as a suburban housewife. Lola's book was witty, poignant at times, and definitely made a statement about where a lot of society is at today in regards to the acceptance of gays.
Gina Volpe's music and lyrics were enjoyable. She wrote some great rock-n-roll songs that helped push they story along. David Drake's direction put everything together! David has a great eye for shows with a message no matter how campy they are. I've seen David's work time and time again and I'm always impressed with what he does.
One of the things that made me really enjoy this show was that it felt as though it was a mash-up between Debbie Does Dallas meets The Rocky Horror Show, both of which I enjoyed when I saw them years back. Many of the characters seemed to have elements of characters from those shows, which allowed me to immediately identify more easily with them. Whether it was intentional or not, I think it's a great that HOMO The Musical! paid a little homage to these two shows.
Bringing this show alive more was a great cast of talented performers. I was impressed by all of them. Meg Baessler's comedic talent was delightful every time she was on stage. Thomas Poarch was perfectly cast as the G-d loving preacher dad "Harry." From his mannerisms to his voice, he played to the heavens. Sam Given gave a bravo performace as the "Gaylien." His humorous acting ability added a lot to his character. I don't think there was a better way to play it. He certainly won me over with his voice as well. Blair Goldberg had one of the best scenes of the night which was a great salute to the many horror films of our time. Alexander Coe did a fine job as the son "Billy." He's cute, had a delightful singing voice, and was wisely cast. Danielle Erin Rhodes was hands down my favorite of the night, primarily because of her incredible vocal quality. She literally rocked every song! I can't wait to see more for her. Christopher Trepinski, who I had previously seen in Naked Boys Singing, was terrific as "Teddy." His dynamic acting ability made him stand-out a various times throughout the show.
I think this show has real potential of going somewhere. It's fun, campy, and made me leave with a smile. I think it still has some work to do on it. While the show is only 90-minutes with no intermission, I feel it would work that much better at about 75-80 minutes. There were a few moments when I thought the show was over and it continued on, but since this is still a work in progress, that might be worked out by it's next incarnation.
With two performances left, I would suggest checking out HOMO The Musical at NYMF. It's good times that will make you smile and laugh. HOMO THE MUSICAL plays at PTC Performance Space (555 West 42nd Street, between 10th & 11th Avenue). Click here for tickets!
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