When the musical began, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was blown away! There were two opening numbers and these kids sang on key while doing some pretty complicated dance moves. Plus, there was a live band. It was like the off-Broadway shows I snuck into when I was at NYU. Some of these kids have talent – it was hard to believe they’re only in middle school.
The play was about some older guy remembering his senior year of high school in the ‘80s. He ran for senior class president and was in love with the prettiest girl in school. Spoiler alert: he lost the election and eventually got the girl.
The audience was so much fun – they sang along to the songs, and I joined in on the ones I knew. The ladies next to me laughed at some things I didn’t get, so I made a mental note to Google Milli Vanilli, David Hasselhoff, Mr. Miyagi and wax on, wax off.
At intermission, I amazed my neighbors with my cubing skills and then had my picture taken in front of the giant cubes at the theater entrance. It’s too bad they weren’t properly coded (blue never goes next to green), but they were still really cool.
My favorite songs of the show were “Kids in America,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “Total Eclipse of the Heart” – the girl who sang that song NAILED IT! I can’t believe she’s not a professional! But my ultimate favorite was when Billy and Laura Rick Rolled the entire audience! I couldn’t stop laughing, but my new friends didn’t seem to understand why. I guess they weren’t cool in the ‘80s.
When the musical was over, I looked around for my former castmates, but I didn’t see anyone I knew. Maybe they’re coming to a different performance? If not, they definitely missed out. I had a blast – these kids sure know how to put on a show!
I walked into my house humming “Kids in America.” I couldn’t wait to download the soundtrack, but first, Lucky. As soon as he saw me coming down the stairs, he began barking excitedly. I picked him up, hoping to prevent another “welcome home present,” but I was too late. He peed again. Maybe it’s just his thing? It’s kinda nice that he’s so excited to see me that he can’t hold it in, right?
I let Lucky sleep in my bed, and we both fell asleep listening to my new favorite soundtrack. I hear the high school is performing “The Wedding Singer” in a few weeks. I can’t wait!