Five Alive! The Musical
George Lakis and Andy Emeritz's musical comedy is a likeable but slightly ramshackle affair. There's a clear feeling that the songs came first, and the story afterwards - indeed, the musical numbers are by far the best things about the show. The guys have great voices and use them to good effect in spot-on parodies of 80s song types, from the oh-so-sweet "Kiss You with Tongue" (with naively graphic lyrics) to the hilarious German electro pop of "Anything Between You and Mario Lopez is Insignificant" - which comes complete with a droll dance routine.
There's still a bit of work to do in getting scene changes and video projections slick and seamless, but it's a warm-hearted, affectionate show, sometimes silly, often hilarious.
- David Kettle