When I was a preteen and stuck at home all summer I watched a lot of TV. We didn’t have cable so i would often watch reruns – Gilligan’s Island, I Love Lucy, Beverly Hillbillies, etc. There were also certain movies that were consistently shown on network television and one of them was Troop Beverly Hills. I LOVED Troop Beverly Hills and would watch it whenever it came on. Shelly Long was hilarious, it had Margaux from Punky Brewster in it and I was always ready to “Do the Freddie.” Needless, to say when I heard about a new show at Rockwell Table & Stage called The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Troop Beverly Hills I knew I had to go. Luckily, I scored a press pass so I grabbed my pal Mary and we headed over there one Saturday night.
You may recall my previous visit to Rockwell to see The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Devil Wears Prada. Luckily, this time I had no car issues and arrived for the 8pm show nice and early. We grabbed a table near the stage, had a couple drinks and got ready to watch the show.
It. Was. SO. Fun. Seriously. It had all the best elements from the original film with an added dose of pop hits. For two hours were heard the tale of Phyllis Nefler and her Wilderness Girls with a variety of tunes from Cyndi Lauper, Madonna and more. The cast was fantastic, particularly the two leads Marla Mindelle and Christopher Youngsman.
Marla did Shelly Long proud with her portrayal of Phyllis and, man, does she have a set of pipes. She completely stopped the show with her rendition of I Will Always Love You.
Christopher Youngsman portrayed the villain, Velda Plendor, with equal parts vitriol and camp and kept the crowd in stitches. The supporting cast was also fantastic and kept us entertained the entire time.
(Bonus photobomb from Sally Struthers).
Oh, and did I mention the show is interactive?
Why yes, that is me getting a helpful does of Botox. Thank God I washed my hair that day!
The Unauthorized Parody of Troop Beverly Hills was such a fun night out and I can’t wait to see what the producers come up with next. It runs Saturday and Sunday (and the occasional Thursday) nights through September 10th and I highly recommend checking it out.