Invincible, The Legend of Billie Jean: New Rock Musical Based on Cult-Classic '80s Film
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Featured review from Todd Petrowski
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I was a bit skeptical about this one...despite having an interesting synopsis on goldstar, I wasn't sure what to expect. Keep in mind that this event takes place at a "gay" restaurant in the city. While I don't have a problem with this, it could make some people feel uncomfortable. It took a few minutes to figure out where the theratre was located inside the venue. Checking in was quite painless, with the host being quite accomodating. They will take you down the stairs to a small theatre. Keep a look out for the interesting painting on the left hand side of the stairs (I especially like the one with the llamas lol). Also, I would highly recommend getting there early as seating is first come first serve and they start bring people downstairs at 8:30. I was lucky enough to get seated in the first row and had an amazing view of the stage. It appeared that the higher levels had poorer visibility.
Ok, onto the performance itself...while the story was silly at times, I think they did an excellent job turning a cheesy 80's film into a musical. The acting was appropriately tongue in cheek and I was particilarly impressed how sucessful they were in integrating the pat benatar songs into the storyline. The show was over around 11 pm, with one 15 min intermission. Keep in mind that you can take drinks into the theatre, but not food from the restaurant. Overall, I would recommend this musical for it's originality and great acting. William belli was also terrific as the lead, and I look forward to seeing him in jersery shoresical!
Quotes & Highlights
The original film starred Helen Slater and Christian Slater as sister and brother; however, the two actors are not related.
“Fair is fair!” That is the rebel-rousing cry of sultry 18 year-old Billie Jean Davy and her band of teenage misfits; on the run from the law and in search of truth, justice and a kick-ass haircut! It’s the summer of 1985, Corpus Christi, Texas. Local bully, rich-kid, Hubie Pyatt, has maliciously vandalized the brand new Honda Scooter belonging to dirt poor Binx Davey: a purchase made by the 16 year-old trailer park resident with insurance money left to him by his dead father. (Are you in tears yet?!) It’s up to big sis, Billie, to convince Hubie’s sleazeoid father to cough up the $608 for repairs. Fair is fair, after all!
But things don’t go as planned. After several sweaty moments in Mr. Pyatt’s back room, a gunshot, and a charge of armed robbery; Billie and Binx are furiously fleeing the state with fellow trailer park comrades in tow: 16 year-old, boy-crazy, Ophelia Bray, and precocious tomboy, 14 year-old, Putter Jacks; as well as a more than willing hostage: 17 year-old cutie, Lloyd Muldaur, son of District Attorney, Lloyd Sr. They’re dodging the law, fighting for their rights, saving abused children, and creating eye-popping fashion statements wherever they go! This is the setup of the 1985 cult hit film The Legend of Billie Jean.
Fast forward now to 2011. Add in drag superstar sensation, Willam Belli as Billie Jean singing all the hits of rock goddess Pat Benatar, and you have the outrageous brand new rock musical workshop production of _Invincible, The Legend of Billie Jean! _ Brought to the Cavern Club Celebrity Theatre by the director/co-creator of the hit, comedic, camp-classic Chico’s Angels.
If you were a kid of the ’80s, then you remember how much you loved it. If not, then you’ll want to find out what has everyone all fired up! So grab your heels, your legwarmers, and your best acid wash jeans, and join us… Relive the legend!