By: Phil Svitek
On Sunday December 10th, I had a chance to catch a showing of Rockwell Table & Stage’s The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Home Alone, put on by executive producer Kate Pazakis.
Whether you’re a die-hard Home Alone fan or have seen the 1990 John Hughes movie enough to remember the plot, this musical parody offers a real holiday treat. (If for some reason you don’t remember, just watch the movie! Which I recommend regardless so it’s fresh in your brain.) Kate Pazakis, the creator of the unauthorized musical parody series, and co-writer Ray Wetmore manage to take the classic moments from the movie and fit them in seamlessly into a stage production. Simultaneously, they’re not afraid to ask and even answer some of the burning questions fans had for years – such as how did the McCallister’s afford a family vacation to Paris for Christmas. The show will be sure delight and make you laugh; unless you’re a grinch!
Going into it, I assumed that all songs would be Christmas related, and while most are (Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, Santa Baby) the show creates some cool connections between the story and some classics (Eye of the Tiger, I Think Were Alone Now) and it was a pleasant surprise. We also got some traditional score from the film!
Natalie Lander spearheads the cast as Kevin McCallister, originally played by Macaulay Culkin. Her voice is a joy to listen to. The rest of the cast is equally up to the task. Primarily they are female driven. In fact, they make the Wet Bandits, Marv and Harry, female characters who are played by Sarah Wolter and Nohely Quiroz. This is a fun twist and yes, they do understand the irony of having two women be called the Wet Bandits. A stand-out performance for me though is hearing Gina D’Acciaro, who plays Kevin’s mother, sing All I Want for Christmas by Mariah Carey. She takes the song and makes it her own.
The musical makes use of every space within Rockwell, allowing the audience to be part of the whole experience while keeping the actors dynamic. With Home Alone, I look forward to the ending when the Wet Bandits finally get into the house and I was curious how they would handle such active scenes. I won’t spoil it, but they pull it off extremely cleverly, in a way that’s as fun as the movie and yet new.
Service wise, the food is excellent. It has lots of options including vegan items. And the waiters are attentive and fast.
One thing to note, however, is the fact that the musical does use swears throughout so if you’re planning on bringing children, be advised.
Rockwell Table & Stage’s The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Home Alone is active until December 30th, 2017 if you plan on going. This is their second year doing the musical. Even if you’ve seen it before, there’s still lots of new pop culture references inserted throughout to keep it different. Tickets can be purchased here: http://tickets.rockwell-la.
Rockwell’s next UMPO will be Jurassic Park and I can’t wait to see that show as well!