NEW - CHRISTMAS IN HELL - Talkin' Broadway's Review
Posted by: T.B._Admin.07:01 pm EST 12/13/18
Marc Miller takes a look at Christmas in Hell:
One walks into Christmas in Hell, at the York, wanting to like it. Picture it: An original musical comedy, not based on anything, with book, music, and lyrics by Gary Apple, a Simpsons writer. We already know how smart The Simpsons can be when it wanders into musical comedy territory — think of Oh, Streetcar!, or the peerless whole-episode parody of Mary Poppins. Or I Hate Musicals: The Musical, a cheeky original by staff writer Mike Reiss that graced the Ivorytown Playhouse a couple of seasons ago. James Morgan's set looks hellish, lots of red columns bathed in Yael Lubetzky's ominous, gobo-laced lighting, Logan Medland's ringing four-piece offstage orchestra starts rumbling, a choral opening number recounts the tale of a cursed Christmas fruitcake, and we're primed for a good time. . . .