Adam's Call: Bayside! The Musical! I'm So Excited: A Parody That Works
I had the best time this past Friday night at Bayside! The Musical!, the unauthorized musical parody of NBC's #1 teen drama Saved By The Bell. This show is very well written, acted, and directed! I have seen quite a few parody shows out there, but none of them have come close to the perfection of Bayside! The Musical!
Bayside! The Musical! hit all the big plot points and guest stars of the Saturday morning show. From "Miss Bliss" to "Tori Spelling" to "Tori Scott" and even "Becky The Duck," everyone is included in this musical comedy. So many fun memories were brought back as I watched this spoof. The writers of the show, Bob and Tobly McSmith, really paid attention to the detail of what would make a great satire! As much as the dialogue and acting poke fun at the hit show, the songs add a lot to the mockery.
What helps make Bayside! The Musical! even more fun is the talented cast comprised of Sam Harvey ("Zack"), Katie Mebane ("Kelly"), John Duff ("Slater"), Adriana Spencer ("Jessie"), Shamira Clark ("Lisa"), Justin Cimino ("Screech"), Seth Blum ("Mr. Belding"/"Max"), and Amanda Nicholas ("Every other student at Bayside"). These actors deserve the standing ovation, huge applause, and rousing cheers they get at the end of the show! With spot on impersonations, this cast was still able to bring just enough of themselves into their roles to make me appreciate Bayside! The Musical! as its own entity!
On the particular night I went, Leanna Creel, who played "Tori Scott" in the last season of Saved By The Bell was the featured guest star (other featured guest stars having included Dennis Haskins "Mr. Belding", Dustin Diamond "Screech Powers", and "Mr. Dewey"). Since Saved By The Bell ended, Leanna has gone behind the scenes creating her own film company and photography studio! It was great to see her acting once again and able to make fun of the character she has made so memorable. The sold-out crowd equally agreed!
I can't even begin to fully describe just how enjoyable this show is! As other featured guest stars come into the show, you bet, I will be going back to school yet again! Bayside! The Musical! is an evening of pure fun and laughter!