Do you have a great idea for a musical that you could never get off the ground? If you said yes, the rest of this article will be a head scratcher for you.
Sometimes it seems like theaters choose their productions with a blindfold on. They’ve chosen things like Moby Dick the musical that bores people to sleep just thinking about it. They’ve choose something like Urinetown that just makes people say, EWW.
Talk about a weird musical. And that’s only the beginning.
Here’s the good news. If these musicals were made, then nothing is impossible. And several of these musicals were extremely successful! Here’s a list of the strangest musicals ever made to prove it.
1. Octomom! The Musical
Remember Nadya Suleman? When she gave birth the 8 babies she became a household name. But her fame skyrocketed when the press found out she already had 6 children, was on welfare programs, and used fertilization technology to get pregnant with 8 children at once.
The director of the show said that 2009’s OCTOMOM! was the story, “about people who just can’t get enough.” On a larger scale the musical was meant to address America’s need for fame and wealth. (Bernie Madoff makes a guest appearance in the show.)
And don’t worry, when the show premiered there were 15 seats reserved for Nadya Suleman and all her children.
Don’t judge a book by its cover. Urinetown opened in 2001 and then moved to Broadway the same year before taking home three Tony awards the next year.
It may sound out like a gross joke but this musical was actually a smart satire. After corporate mismanagement in the city of Urinetown outlaws the use of toilets to regulate water consumption. But the same problems pop up when the Urine Good Company takes advantage of basic human needs. Urinetown can still be seen and is a stand out in the history of Broadway.
3. Silence! The Musical
Before you wonder how there was a silent musical, know that this 2005 musical was actually an adaptation of 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs.
There’s a reason this show has had a huge cult following ever since it first premiered. This is a satire where Buffalo Bill dances when he kidnaps Catherine Martin and Hannibal Lecter sings a song about what the world will be like when he makes it out of prison.
Don’t let the creepy source material put you off. This show has all the humor of a great satire but still has the tack sharp dialogue and of the original. Find a show near you and see why people are still excited to see Silence!
4. Hope! Das Obama Musical
Most of us were around when Barrack Obama was elected president in 2008, so most of us remember seeing the famous poster with Obama’s face and the words, “Hope” underneath it.
HOPE! is the story of how several Americans experienced the hope that Obama’s election promised. When a diverse cast of characters with different beliefs and backgrounds get caught up in Obama’s rise they are brought together by hope for the future.
The show isn’t all sunshine and rainbows though, so if you’re looking for a unique look at the 2008 election and what it meant for Americans check out HOPE!
5. Jerry Springer: The Opera
Speaking of an American phenomenon, Jerry Springer earned himself a musical just like Barrack Obama and Nadya Suleman.
This musical has an American Subject but was created by someone from another country. The show first premiered in 2003 in London and ran over 600 performances before going on to tour England.
Wondering if this show deserves to have Jerry Springer’s name on it? Wherever it went it met protests and when it was broadcasts as a television movie in 2005 the broadcaster received 55,000 complaints.
It’s got all the nasty language and insane fighting that you know and love from Jerry Springer. Plus, it has a tap dancing troupe of Ku-Klux Klan members. If you love the outrageous and borderline offensive, then Jerry Springer: The Opera should be on your list of must see musicals.
6. Triassic Parq
Have you ever wondered what Jurassic Park looked like from the perspective of the dinosaurs? Probably not, but at the very least this musical will keep you entertained.
From its fake Morgan Freeman narrator to its flashy dinosaur costumes you won’t be able to look away. All you need to know is there’s a dinosaur sex change to get the idea.
From there it’s a story that questions existence and identity when mixed with science. It’s a little absurd but it will at least keep you entertained by simply making you ask, “Really?”
What are the strangest musicals you’ve seen? Comment below and let us know!