5 reasons to see the new Lady Gaga musical at Buddies
Of a Monstrous Child: A Gaga Musical began its run this week at Buddies in Bad Times theatre. It was inspired by an essay Lady Gaga - or shall I say, Stefani Germanotta - wrote while she was studying at NYU. The show incorporates an excerpt from the paper, which proved to me that she can not only write lyrics, but a solid essay too.
Although when I hear "Lady Gaga" I think of bright and bold, the set was the exact opposite. With just a black backdrop, the cast uses simple props to transform the stage and explore all aspects of the star.
This is the first musical commissioned and developed by Buddies in Bad Times. So what can you expect? Here are the five reasons you should see Of a Monstrous Child: A Gaga Musical.
5. This isn't your typical musical with the cast bursting into song and dance every other line. It's more of a docudrama that forces you to think about Gaga as an icon and what her image means in the world of pop culture.
4. Most of the music is mashups featuring Gaga music alongside classics from Queen, Radiohead and more.
3. Lady Gaga isn't the main character. Leigh Bowery - a performance artist and fashion designer - is the most prominent character. Bowery (played by Bruce Dow) acts as the narrator and isn't afraid to bare it all. Yes, that means nudity.
2. Kimberly Persona plays Lady Gaga and shows off her musical talent through performances using the piano, cello and of course her own pipes.
1. There is a scene that is completely dependent on audience interaction. In involves scissors, Lady Gaga and Yoko Ono. Curious yet?
Show runs until May 26 at Buddies in Bad Times theatre
Photo by Alejandro Santiago.