Imagine if "Footloose" and "Dead Poets Society" had a baby, and then Mel Brooks adopted that baby. You would have "Teaching America," an original musical comedy that offers a satirical take on the education system. When Superintendent Melvin Miller’s girlfriend chokes on a verbose love letter and dies, he feels he has only one choice: ban all literary devices from the County High School curriculum. After ten years of this “No Style Left Behind” initiative, “Teaching America” member Gary Soos enters the town and resolves to bring literary style back. Hilarity ensues in this tongue-in-cheek, caustically clever, and utterly entertaining musical that shows us all a school in which similes and metaphors are grounds for expulsion.
Awesome Alliteration: The Magical Musical debuted in January 2012 to 6 sold-out shows at the SkyBox @ The Adrienne Theater in Philadelphia, PA. It was then re-staged at the Adrienne Theater as part of the 2012 Philly Fringe Fest. It ran for 16 shows during the entire month of September 2012, and earned rave reviews from the Philadelphia Inquirer.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAID
Imagine if Ricky Gervais and Aaron Sorkin procreated, and their offspring wrote musicals. The result might be something like "Awesome Alliteration: The Magical Musical.
It seems as though each year, at least one Fringe show becomes a dark-horse hit...This year, so far, Awesome Alliteration: The Magical Musical, looks to be that show.
The non-stop infectious song and dance numbers are riddled with joke after joke, pun after pun.