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After 22 years in the business, Jet City Improv keeps coming up with new ways to make their audiences laugh. Their current "feature length" production sends a talented cast in quest of the latest movie-turned-musical Broadway smash.

In “Every Movie Is A Musical,” the audience drops suggestions into the popcorn bucket and then the fun begins. Last weekend Kate Jaeger transformed herself into a quirky French hip-hop boxer when the crew had to mash-up “Amelie,” “Million Dollar Baby,” and “8 Mile.” And in case the audience wasn’t quite up to speed on the plots of everything from “Die Hard” to “The Big Lebowski,” the actors provided a quick plot synopsis for each movie before launching into musical styles ranging from “Rent” to “Phantom of the Opera.”

The biggest challenge of the evening appeared was coming up with movies that haven’t been adopted into musicals. Both “Rocky” and “Heathers” received a Jet City makeover that had nothing to do with the actual musicals being based on these scripts.

Creator/director Douglas Willott has created a format that allows himself and the rest of the cast to cover a dozen or more films every performance…and, like all Jet City productions, this means every performance will be quite different.

Joining Willott and Jaeger each evening are Mandy Price, Elicia Wickstead, Amalia Larson, Mike Murphy, Joe Koenen, and Carl Petrillo. Several previously appeared in JCI's popular musical “The Adventures of Gilbert and Sullivan!”

“Every Movie Is A Musical” continues for a limited engagement through June 20 on Thursday and Friday nights at 8 p.m.

Then, at the end of the month, JCI monkeys around with science fiction movies as the company’s popular Twisted Flicks returns. In this live improvised movie re-dubbing show, they will tackle the 1971 film “Escape from the Planet of the Apes.” This show runs June 26 and 27 at 8:00 p.m. and June 28 at 10:30 p.m.

All JCI shows take place at Wing-It's own bright yellow theater, 5510 University Way NE, in Seattle’s University District.

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