On television Game of Thrones is a wildly popular fantasy drama and recipient of 38 prime time Emmys but on stage at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood it transforms into an insanely funny irresistible parody. The HBO hit is known for its steady stream of violent deaths as competing forces lay claim to the succession of the Iron Throne. On stage the first mysterious death occurs even before the official start of the show. Then it is one zany parody after another keeping the audience in steady raucous laughter for just shy of an hour and a half.
The basic structure revolves around one friend of a group of Game of Thrones fans who has never seen the show. To bring her up to speed the group of friends begin to enact the TV show in their own unique and whacky but wonderful style. Thrones! The musical parody was written by Chris Grace, Nick Semar, Zach Reino and Dan Wessels and has already earned impressive kudos from its debut at the 2015 and 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival through a sold out run at London’s Leicester Square Theatre to Chicago at the Apollo Theatre where it was hailed as “unfailingly witty and deliciously irreverent” by Performink. Finally it is at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood.
True the hilarity never stops but then neither does the sassiness and even crudity. This is by no means a put to down to the show because none of it, in my opinion, was in any way gratuitous and it all served the purpose of amplifying the comedic value. However, it needs to be mentioned primarily as a warning for the highly sensitive and also as caution against bringing young children.
If you are a Game of Thrones fan you will adore this show but you will never see the television series in the same way. If you are not a Game of Thrones fan you will also enjoy this wildly effective ribald comedy. Either way you may enjoy Thrones! the musical parody now through December 20th at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, California. Show times are 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Friday and Saturday evenings and at 3:00 p,m. on Sunday afternoons.
Reservations and ticketing are available online Here, or by calling: 323-960-5770.
Photos by Garrett Palm
Top photo: Albert Samuels, Leslie Collins, Jordan Stidham, Chris Grace, Jessica Joy and Meghan Parks
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