Judge bravely bites the hand that feeds him--the Fox News Channel is this future world's only news source--and his movie, with all its problems, is a rare piece of rebellious political spoofery
from a major studio.
Jitters, Phantom Jitter, Jutter Eric Rockwell Mother Abby, Abby, Auntie Abby, Abigail Von Schtarr, Fraulein Abby Joanne Bogart Musical aficionados whose appetites for tuner spoofery
are still unsated after the latest "Forbidden Broadway" incarnation should be tickled by the endearingly silly self-reflexiveness of "The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!" Transferring from a hit stint at York Theater Company to an open-ended run at Dodger Stages, this brassy pastiche and its cast of four vocally accomplished hams tell the same featherweight story five times, in the unmistakable styles of five of the most titanic forces in the musical firmament: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kander & Ebb.
A combination of wit and attitude gives the show its smart style, and this edition's special victims are well deserving of the spoofery
. But embedded in every clever sendup is some shrewd and sad observation about the current state of legit: the downsizing of productions ("Beauty's Been Decreased"), the cultural blight of 42nd Street ("Let's Ruin Times Square Again"), the appropriation of material (Billy Joel gets snippy about Twyla Tharp raiding his songbook for "Movin' Out"), the sellout to the movies ("Thoroughly Perky Millie") and the trend to animation ("Ya Gotta Get a Puppet").
When it sticks to the festival and celebrity spoofery
, the comedy maintains a frantic, surreal momentum, with spot-on satires of the festival ecosystem, a blizzard of caustic name-dropping and sly movie references.
21, "Spamalot," Eric Idle's crafty attempt to stage the cinematic spoofery
of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," will debut al the Shubert Theater, under the baton of Mike Nichols and with the choreographic contributions of Kathleen Marshall.
Lesbian teen fantasy blends the infectious buoyancy of high school pies like "Bring It On" with the comicstrip, girlpower action of "Charlie's Angels" and the spy spoofery
of the "Austin Powers" franchise.
Bathed in spoofery
but clearly pitched to an aud hip to its racial politics, the movie knowingly begins as a deliberately bad-looking ripoff of King Hu adventures.
Every savvy urbanite will be in line at the box office ready to partake of Brooks' patented brand of cathartic spoofery
, and Broadway's core constituencies will all be clamoring for tickets.
If the "Scream" series' deliberate self-parody, along with the all-out spoofery
of "Scary Movie," suggested that Hollywood slasher movies had finally reached their end point, the makers of "Final Cut" don't seem to have gotten the news.
As usual, Busch pays clever homage, but in "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife," he plays down his usual instincts toward spoofery
, using his quirky premise -- a Neil Simon heroine in Pinterland -- merely as a jumping-off point for a smart satire of urban pretensions.
Some of the trickery has a welcome touch of spoofery
. The Sarris character looks like a cross between the Borg of "Star Trek" and the evil grasshopper of "A Bug's life." And when he tries to drive the Protector out of its intergalactic parking space, Mitchell's Tommy Webber demonstrates just how hard it is to maneuver something that big without causing a little friction.
was done better decades ago by "Saturday Night Live" in its early years, but much of the audience at "Duet" is too young to have experienced those halcyon days.
The play doesn't even have the courage of its meager convictions: All spoofery
stops at JFK's assassination, which is treated with treacly reverence.