Life’s Not Fair: Teen Angst on Broadway!

Life’s Not Fair: Teen Angst on Broadway!

Life’s Not Fair: Teen Angst on Broadway!
Concept by Angela Cotto and Wade Hair
Direction, Musical Direction and Choreography by Angel Cotto
Breakthrough Theatre
Winter Park, FL

We see a lot of revues and cabarets in the cozy Breakthrough space, and this is one of the best. The theme is Teen Angst and the music comes from some obscure shows like “13 the Musical,” “Carrie,” and “Bring It On” as well as some established hits like “Spring Awakening,” “Hairspray” and “American Idiot.” The cast is large (of course) and when they stomp their feet, the whole shack shimmies. We open with Carrie’s “In;” it’s an ensemble piece complete with complex choreography (Cotto again) and a strong lyrical line. Michelle Bateman comes out next for a solo “Mama Who Bore Me” from Spring Awakening and then the funniest part of the lineup: “Hairspray’s” “Mama I’m a Big Girl Now” complete with dragged out parental units. Hanna Roman returns with “All Grown Up” from “Bare”, and Alyssa Mason and Joseph Sikkema give us a heartbreaking “Super Boy and the Invisible Girl” from “Next to Normal.” Small spoken scenes break up the musical flow, and by the time we get to “Screw Loose” we’re all glad the teen years are behind us and the tedium of mowing lawns and paying mortgages are the only things that disturb the calm of life. Too bad this is only running one weekend; it’s the sort of show you go into with no expectation and come out singing the chorus of “Totally Fucked” all the way from Winter Park to Orlando.

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