UPDATE: Select scenes from Comic-Con the Musical will perform Sunday, October 29 at 12:15 p.m., at Stan Lee’s Comickaze (LA Comic Con). They’ll be featured in a section called Nerdfest 2017.
(originally published in June 2017)
It’s not the first time that Comic-Con has caused people to burst into song. A couple of years ago the Nerdist posted their version of Comic-Con the Musical. But this is the first time that the title applies to a full-length stage musical, at one of the best alternative theaters in Los Angeles: the Sacred Fools Theater Company. With two performances left in the Hollywood Fringe Festival (June 18 and June 22), we can only hope that this spawns another production, and another. Because let’s face it — as Comic-Con fans, we had it coming, and this deserves immortality.
With music and lyrics by Laura Watkins and book by Nicholas Brandt, this looks like it has its heart in the right place. The creators describe it thusly on their webpage:
Every year, a seemingly harmless convention center in beautiful downtown San Diego is overrun by a scene unlike any you’ve ever seen… Comic-Con – a place where fans, wannabes, and pop culture icons mix, mingle, and party. This year promises to be the greatest Con of all time as fallen-from-grace film icon Allen Gray pulls a ‘Willy Wonka’ and offers to make one special attendee’s dream come true in the form of a movie deal.
Anna journeys to Comic-Con in the hopes of getting her fanfic validated by her idol, DB Coates – creator of her favorite comic book series Vempire and the basis for all of her writing. Jason wants people to read and geek-out over a comic book of his own creation, Super Christian Psychic Alcoholic Alien Detective. (Inspired by his mom.)(Don’t ask.) Drew attempts to find the collectable missing from his shelf and his life, a character that may only exist in his mind and on his sketch pad.
To achieve their goals, they must overcome: an egotistical idea thief, their own insecurities, and oh yeah, actual aliens. With a little luck, a little guidance from a Dungeon Master, and a healthy dash of friendship and imagination, our intrepid trio just might save their idol, Comic-Con, and the world! (And, in doing so, make Comic-Con once again safe from alien invaders and douchebags!!!)
What can you expect from Comic-Con the Musical?
A little bit of BAM and a whole lot of POW!
To be honest, it all seems realistic so far. Even with the music.