Recently I had the
opportunity to see "The Texas Chainsaw Musical",
presented by the New
Millennium Theatre Company (NMTC) in Chicago. When I
heard that the NMTC had put together a musical comedy version of
the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", I just
had to go and see it. It's not often that you get the
chance to see a show like this.
Upon entering the
theatre, the audience was greeted with some theme-appropriate
musical selections, including "The Lumberjack"
by Jackyl (with its distinctive chainsaw sound
effects), as well as the "Rockgrass" musical
stylings of the group Hayseed Dixie. Patrons
were given the option of sitting in "Blood Seats".
From this vantage point, audience members had an up close and
personal view of the stage, well within blood-splattering
The NMTC cleverly
adapted a horror movie classic into a musical parody. For
the most part, this production remained faithful to the plot of
the original movie; however, various scenes and lines were
artfully transformed, to give the story a comedic twist.
Throughout the performance, you were presented with the
underlying theme that there was a good chance that Leatherface
wasn't what he seemed to be. Could it be possible that he
was just misunderstood? Perhaps he was just looking
for friends, but was socially inept and didn't know how.
Unfortunately, his love of cutting meat with his chainsaw worked
against him and he ended up accidentally dispatching any
potential friends, before he was able to get to know them.
Because of the many references to the
original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", fans of the
movie should really enjoy this production (I know I did!).
On the night that I attended, the show received a standing
ovation from the crowd. If you have the
opportunity, be sure to check out this show... especially if you
are a fan of the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre". You won't be
here to find out more about this event.