I love Star Wars. I love musicals. The thought of a Star Wars musical seemed absurd – how could a stage adaptation ever measure against such an iconic film saga? It could never work. Thankfully, A Musical About Star Wars is absurd in that it’s a hilarious homage to the films and its fandom (casual and hardcore), currently playing off Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre. These were the last of my tickets obtained through the TDF table at the BC/EFA Flea Market, and with it was the perfect show to see leading up to the upcoming release of Star Wars – Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, the final film in the Skywalker Saga.
The overall structure is very much akin to that of the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s many shows in that it’s a company of three actors (though in this case it’s two men and one woman) condensing a lengthy topic – the entirety of the Star Wars canon, including the infamous Holiday Special and the Expanded Universe – within 90 minutes. The songs are fantastic, especially the Hamilton inspired retelling of the Prequel trilogy. There were plenty of costume changes throughout (prompted by the famous Wilhelm scream), all of which were brilliant, plus intermittent breakage of the fourth wall and pop culture references galore. The cast of three were spectacular – the trio I saw were Scott Richard Foster, Amy Hillner Larsen and Dylan Hartwell – balancing the silliness with moments of seriousness, in their explanation of how Star Wars’ impact on their lives.
As a longtime Star Wars fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the show, which had me laughing from the start, though I do wonder how (if?) the show will change after Episode IX’s release. If you love Star Wars, you’ll love this show, and if (for some reason) you don’t like Star Wars, you’ll still love this show.