From writers of Weird Science, The Simpsons, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Desperate Housewives with music by Dan Studney and lyrics by Kevin Murphy, Reefer Madness comes to 2nd Street Theater October 24-November 8.
The play will be directed by Tom Atkinson and Nancy Scher, musical direction by Rick Buckley.
2nd Street Theater/Stage Right Productions present Reefer Madness the Musical, a raucous, tongue-in-cheek musical comedy inspired by the 1936 propaganda film, which looks at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence.
Reefer Madness The Musical follows teen Jimmy Harper (played by Ethan Antram) who meets dope peddler Jack (Tommy Kuchulis) at the neighborhood Five and Dime and is lured away to the local reefer den and soon forgets about his innocent sweetheart, Mary Lane (Rebekka Swan). The message about the extreme and startling behaviors caused by smoking the Green Menace are relayed to the parents (aka audience members) by the Lecturer (Richard Mueller).
The musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like Down at the Ol’ Five and Dime and the Vegas-style Listen to Jesus, Jimmy featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels.
“Audiences should expect to get a lot of laughs, but sometimes with that “I shouldn’t be laughing at this” feeling,” says Atkinson. “The musical script is brilliant not just because of its clever wordplay—Jesus sings, ‘I’m the face on the Shroud of Turin. Do I need to check your urine’ — but also because of its satire, telling us that the powers that be, school, church and government will fear monger to control us — for our own good, of course. Reefer Madness is neither pro or anti marijuana, but it is anti propaganda.”
October 24-November 8
Thursday through Saturday 7:30 pm. Sundays 3pm
Opening Night Champagne & Brownie Reception Friday October 24, 6:30-7:30pm
* For mature audiences