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Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire
National Tour
Review by Mark Horning

Also see Mark's reviews of Aida, American Dreams, Sassy Mamas, Riverdance 20


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They call themselves "The Brotherhood without Banners" or "GOTaholics" or "Thronies." You know who you are. Rabid fans who for the past seven seasons have faithfully followed the exploits, sexual carrying ons, murder, rape, incest and battles of one of the most popular HBO shows of all times, "Game of Thrones." For those who just cannot get enough, there is the traveling Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire, playing in the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square through February 22, 2018.

Brought to you by the same folks who brought you Silence! The Musical, Jon and Al Kaplan, who authored the book, music and lyrics for Musical Thrones, this 100-minute fast forward features 5-¼ actors (if you count the puppet, Arya) playing more than 30 characters from the cast of favorites, goodies and baddies.

Represented in some form or another are the main characters from the show, including the Lannisters (Tyrion, Cersei, Jaime and Tywin), John Snow, Petyr "Littlefinger", Lord Baelish, Joffrey Baratheon, Sansa Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, and Ygritte. There are even a flurry of minor characters, with Hodor, Theon Greyjoy and Brienne of Tarth making brief appearances. During the number "What About Me," all of the characters who did not make the final Musical Thrones cut do cameo walk-throughs (or run-throughs if you will). The Dire Wolves (stuffed husky puppy dolls) and Daenerys' three Dragons (also hand puppets) even get stage time, along with some zombies (as the show veers into "Walking Dead" territory). "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin even shows up (not really, it's just one of the actors with a really fake white beard).

Do you need to be an avid fan of the show to "get" the parody? Yes. It is vital in order to understand all the comedic nuances involved. Second best is to attend the performance with a fan and have them explain why this and that has them rolling in the aisles while you calmly look on.

Musical Thrones is a musical in the true sense (which makes it all the more funnier), as the 5-¼ (don't forget about the puppet) intrepid actors sing a collection of ribald tunes that reflect on the outlandish over the top storylines that has made the HBO show so popular. Costuming is shamelessly changed on stage along with wigs, and periodically a stagehand comes through with a wide floor broom to clear away the leftover debris.

No joke is too broad, as fans are transported to a variety of "magical" locations (it helps if you close your eyes and squint a bit). It's the most fun you will ever have with gratuitous violence, epic power struggles, manipulation, and sex in all its glory as song after song extolling the virtues of this HBO epic are sung.

This is a mature themed show that, while funny, may be not suitable for those who are not old enough to watch "Game of Thrones."

If you are a fan of the original TV show, you owe it to yourself to join others of like mind for an evening of hilarity. It is a love fest for fans and even includes some spoiler alerts toward the end (just joking). Come on down to King's Landing for the time of your life.

Through February 22, 2018, in the Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square, 1511 Euclid Ave, Cleveland OH. Tickets may be purchased online at www.playhousesquare.com or by phone at (216) 241-6000 or by stopping by the Playhouse Square Ticket Office located in the outer lobby of the State Theatre. Tickets are priced starting at $29.50. For more information on the tour, visit thronesparody.com.


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