As a teenager growing up in the 70's, I adored National Lampoon Magazine. So when I found out my friend David Haverty (Doomsday Cabaret) was performing in a stage musical version of Sketches from the National Lampoon, I had to check it out. I'm very glad that I did!
True to the magazine, this is not "family" fun, as the material is raunchy and very adult. But it is good fun.
The original songs by Richard Levinsohn add to the skits written by the National Lampoon staff. The lyrics are very catchy and the performances are superb, especially the songs Maria Bartiromo, performed by David Haverty, and Dude, performed by Erin Matthews.
With a cast of superstars that include Henry Dittman, David Haverty, Erin Matthews, Jesse Merlin, Darrin Revitz, CJ Merriman, John Milhiser and even the director, Pat Towne, Sketches is a true work of art.
From the opening full-cast musical number It's a Show, to the closing notes of the final number, Deteriorata, this cast keeps you laughing and singing along as only National Lampoon material can do.
Although the show "officially" closes on Sunday, March 17, I doubt that this will be the final performance. Watch for this show to appear in theatres across the country.