Nothing Bad: A Werewolf Rock Musical

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88 %

Reviews: 4

Audience

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100 %

Reviews: 3

Deep inside each human a Beast waits to be born—in claws, teeth and violence. Society represses it, terrified of any who succumb. Rebels embrace the edge of it, calling forth its power while avoiding its burn. In an instant of survival, one woman will be transformed by it, split into two pieces—and the battle for control of her body, mind and soul will begin. Vengeance, violence and victimization will all become fuel for a battle of epic proportions. No one is safe from the slaughter to come. “Nothing Bad” is the World-Premiere musical Written/Directed by Erik Blair with Music/Lyrics by Daniel Sugimoto (creator of the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Producers' Encores Award Winning Broadway Noir). It's a modern musical take on the classic werewolf story that blends the musical rock styles of the classic 1950's and the glam 1980's in a fast-paced, highly energized tale of the difference between who we appear to be on the surface and the darkness that dwells in the depths of our souls. Expect to be surprised at every turn, as this is not The Wolf Man. There is no Twilight to be found here. This is a werewolf story that will bite hard and shake you back and forth in its teeth for a long time to come.

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Hats off to first time playwright and director Erik Blair, who has crafted a wonderful story about coming of age within a “too perfect” community. He was wonderfully aided in his efforts by songwriter and musical director Dan Sugimoto, and producer Thea Rivera.

sweet - Bob Leggett - ...read full review


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"Nothing Bad – A Werewolf Rock Musical" has spun the 1987 vampire film, "The Lost Boys" by way of the 1971 musical hit "Grease," and for the first ten minutes seems to be making a success of it with composer and lyricist Daniel Sugimoto who provides some spiffy tunes that go towards generating the toe tapping bliss that every audience craves.

sweet-sour - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

There are a lot of fun things present in this tale of a 1950s style town facing its demons...Lexi Eiserman carries the show on her petite shoulders.

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


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Great show! I've been twice and will go again. Fun/campy story line. Great actors too, I can see this with a full band and more special fx!

sweet - Josh Collins


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Hollywood Fringe is a great place to test out material, I sincerely hope this show continues beyond Fringe, with a little streamlining this could be a favorite of theater companies around the world!

sweet - Mike and Brian (My Haunt Life) - ...read full review


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The Girl. Her Boyfriend. The Cheerleader. Her asshole boyfriend. All great! SERIOUSLY GREAT!!! Actually, whole cast real, real good.

I saw the werewolves as metaphor. Internal Beast as desire. 50's America to 80's rebellion. Naive to adult. Dangers of excess. LOVE IT. Way deeper than it seems at first glance.

Starts fun and campy. Goes darker as it moves. Tight at 90 minutes. Some great songs. Rock music TOTALLY there, cause Rock includes different decades.

As for sexual plotline, no issues with it at all. Thought it totally necessary for story and worked in context. Gotta be villains in a tale, especially one with repression at core and overcoming repression as a theme. Think some people missed a boat cause they were too busy driving their issues Uber.

Some sound issues in the second half need to be solved. Dunno what the cause is but it did make it harder to hear the singers. Like the music just got louder in the 2nd half? Fix that and all good. Would also be better with a live band. Tracks make songs weaker, sound less rock than they are. As a musician, I could tell what composer WANTS THEM TO BE--and that's what they NEEDS TO BE.

I totally LOVED this show!!! Campy with a dark underbelly. Fun then DARK TWISTS that spin the heart. Take a town that's 'perfect' in a creepy way 'cause it's so shut down/shut tight with morality issues and then infect it with the 'werewolves' of desire and freedom. DIG IT, BABY!!

I see this as a first version. That's what Fringe is for. I wanna see this extend, revise and be something lots of theaters want to perform! Perfection, California, USA, THE WORLD!

sweet - DropDeadSexy


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I came in a skeptic, and left really impressed with what the Director and his cast were able to create. While promoting itself simply as a rock n roll werewolf musical, the show tackles some surprisingly dark, complex subject matter, and while it has some of the tropes of a morality story, by the end things are not nearly so black and white. The writing is good too, the dialogue felt real and natural, and timing between comedic and serious lines worked well. At one point, the audience laughed when a character gave a funny line and then silenced when he did something appalling moments later. The music was good and catchy, there are a few that stood out in particular and one I'm still humming to myself 3 days laters. The actors were all on point, had great voices and played their parts very well. Very effective use of otherwise limited staging (a subtle joke with one of the backdrops had me laughing in the opening number). Despite running just shy of 90 minutes, the show moved very quickly, and I was surprised 90 minutes had gone when it was done. The only problem with the show I saw was a minor sound issue during previews that will be easily fixable for the opening night. Overall, I enjoyed it greatly and would hope to see it again if it goes beyond Fringe.

sweet - Josh Ritz


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Hats off to first time playwright and director Erik Blair, who has crafted a wonderful story about coming of age within a “too perfect” community. He was wonderfully aided in his efforts by songwriter and musical director Dan Sugimoto, and producer Thea Rivera.

sweet - Bob Leggett - ...read full review


Avatar

"Nothing Bad – A Werewolf Rock Musical" has spun the 1987 vampire film, "The Lost Boys" by way of the 1971 musical hit "Grease," and for the first ten minutes seems to be making a success of it with composer and lyricist Daniel Sugimoto who provides some spiffy tunes that go towards generating the toe tapping bliss that every audience craves.

sweet-sour - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

There are a lot of fun things present in this tale of a 1950s style town facing its demons...Lexi Eiserman carries the show on her petite shoulders.

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


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Hollywood Fringe is a great place to test out material, I sincerely hope this show continues beyond Fringe, with a little streamlining this could be a favorite of theater companies around the world!

sweet - Mike and Brian (My Haunt Life) - ...read full review


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Great show! I've been twice and will go again. Fun/campy story line. Great actors too, I can see this with a full band and more special fx!

sweet - Josh Collins


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The Girl. Her Boyfriend. The Cheerleader. Her asshole boyfriend. All great! SERIOUSLY GREAT!!! Actually, whole cast real, real good.

I saw the werewolves as metaphor. Internal Beast as desire. 50's America to 80's rebellion. Naive to adult. Dangers of excess. LOVE IT. Way deeper than it seems at first glance.

Starts fun and campy. Goes darker as it moves. Tight at 90 minutes. Some great songs. Rock music TOTALLY there, cause Rock includes different decades.

As for sexual plotline, no issues with it at all. Thought it totally necessary for story and worked in context. Gotta be villains in a tale, especially one with repression at core and overcoming repression as a theme. Think some people missed a boat cause they were too busy driving their issues Uber.

Some sound issues in the second half need to be solved. Dunno what the cause is but it did make it harder to hear the singers. Like the music just got louder in the 2nd half? Fix that and all good. Would also be better with a live band. Tracks make songs weaker, sound less rock than they are. As a musician, I could tell what composer WANTS THEM TO BE--and that's what they NEEDS TO BE.

I totally LOVED this show!!! Campy with a dark underbelly. Fun then DARK TWISTS that spin the heart. Take a town that's 'perfect' in a creepy way 'cause it's so shut down/shut tight with morality issues and then infect it with the 'werewolves' of desire and freedom. DIG IT, BABY!!

I see this as a first version. That's what Fringe is for. I wanna see this extend, revise and be something lots of theaters want to perform! Perfection, California, USA, THE WORLD!

sweet - DropDeadSexy


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I came in a skeptic, and left really impressed with what the Director and his cast were able to create. While promoting itself simply as a rock n roll werewolf musical, the show tackles some surprisingly dark, complex subject matter, and while it has some of the tropes of a morality story, by the end things are not nearly so black and white. The writing is good too, the dialogue felt real and natural, and timing between comedic and serious lines worked well. At one point, the audience laughed when a character gave a funny line and then silenced when he did something appalling moments later. The music was good and catchy, there are a few that stood out in particular and one I'm still humming to myself 3 days laters. The actors were all on point, had great voices and played their parts very well. Very effective use of otherwise limited staging (a subtle joke with one of the backdrops had me laughing in the opening number). Despite running just shy of 90 minutes, the show moved very quickly, and I was surprised 90 minutes had gone when it was done. The only problem with the show I saw was a minor sound issue during previews that will be easily fixable for the opening night. Overall, I enjoyed it greatly and would hope to see it again if it goes beyond Fringe.

sweet - Josh Ritz