Who could have possibly predicted that the group of college students who made a musical version of Harry Potter with dick jokes would, ten years later, be making the second installment of their cosmic horror-comedy-musical series? That’s right, the newest Starkid musical, Black Friday, came out on March 1st, and this time we’re facing the apocalypse. Again.
Wait, didn’t they already do that?
Yes, they did, one year ago. In fact, Black Friday has the same setting (good old Hatchetfield) and some of the same characters as The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals. In the first ten minutes of the show, our old friends Paul and Emma are driving to a family gathering. Didn’t they both die at the end of TGWDLM? Yes. That makes me think that this one takes place in an alternate timeline. On the day in question, all the citizens of Hatchetfield head to the mall to try and get this year’s hottest toy, called Tickle Me Wiggly. Except, it’s not just a toy. It’s the spawn of an evil alien set on conquering our dimension. As the customers of the mall descend into violent madness and eventually establish a cult around Wiggly, it is up to the only sane people left to save the world.
So, how does it measure up?
I’ll start with the few things I didn’t like about this musical. One is the soundtrack. Although it was great, I don’t think it was as memorable or creative as The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals’ was. I mean, will anything ever beat “Workin’ Boys”? Doubtful. I also felt that I was making less of a connection with the characters than I did last time because there are so many of them. Those were my two biggest qualms with the show. Overall, Black Friday is way more horrific than its predecessor.
What was good about it?
Almost everything. For starters, the production quality was way up this time. The lighting, the sets, the filming, the costumes, all are on a level we’ve never seen from Starkid before. I would recommend it on that alone. Also, the performances in this show were phenomenal. Dylan Saunders killed it, as always. Robert Manion did great, too, as a teenager, a foil to the old Professor Hidgens he played last time. Joey Richter was an amazing villain and got to show off his vocal range. And Lauren Lopez continues to be a queen in every role she plays. I can honestly say that every single performer did an amazing job. This was the best part of the show for me.
If you want a show that is a Lovecraftian horror-comedy, heavier on the horror, then Black Friday is for you. I one hundred percent recommend it, and can’t wait to see what horrors come to Hatchetfield in the future.(4 / 5)