Hollywood’s Rockwell Table & Stage brings music and laughter to ‘The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Stranger Things’
Writer and director Kate Pazakis is behind this inventive take on storytelling and is thrilled to turn one of her favorite series into an epically hilarious musical
Hollywood’s The Rockwell Table & Stage is known for their series of unauthorized musicals that are based on beloved franchises and films like 'Clueless', 'Hocus Pocus', 'Home Alone', 'Mean Girls', 'Bridesmaids', 'Jurassic Park' and now 'Stranger Things'. Writer Kate Pazakis and director Nathan Moore are behind this inventive take on storytelling. Pazakis is thrilled to turn one of her favorite series into an epically hilarious musical.
"I love 'Stranger Things', I love Halloween, I love horror movies and TV shows and 'Stranger Things' is, of course, perfect for Halloween and here we are in the fall season so I thought it would be a great idea.”
Pazakis takes the Duffer Brothers' masterpiece and turns it into a musical love letter to the 80s, something that actress Lana McKissack, who plays the role of Millie Bobby Brown's 'Eleven' in the musical, loves about the show.
"I play Eleven and I have a fun little wig and I get to knock people over it’s super fun. There is a lot of 80s rock but there are also some other exceptions that I don’t want to spoil. I love the nostalgia of 'Stranger Things'. There is just something about it that feels like home and feels like a simpler time."
Besides the musical and comedic aspects added to the story, they decided to do something different with this unauthorized musical and add the aspect of audience participation. Without giving too much away, there are several times throughout the play where the audience votes on who lives and who dies, which in turn changes the narrative of the show.
Besides 'Stranger Things' being a series beloved by Hollywood, the play had some familiar faces including 'Pitch Perfect' actress Kelley Jakle. In their typical sisterhood fashion, some of the stars of the 'Pitch Perfect' franchise including Anna Kendrick, Shelley Regner, and Chrissie Fit came out to support Jakle. Regner, who has also appeared in some of the Rockwell’s best shows, was thrilled to be there to support her on and off-screen friend. "We are here to support Kelley Jakle, we love to support each other, so we came!"
However, in typical Anna Kendrick fashion, she sarcastically joked about her resistance in supporting her on-screen besties. "I hate it when we support each other, I got dragged here, I got kidnapped!", she quipped.
Jokes aside, the audience was wowed by the stellar performances and were left wanting more, which isn’t a bad thing since they can come back again and get a slightly different show.
If you are in Los Angeles and are missing 'Stranger Things' on your small screen and love 80s music, the 'Unauthorized Musical Parody of Stranger Things' is a must see. The show will be running upto December 2. Get your tickets now!