I've been watching videos of the phenomenally popular spoof of Silence of the Lambs. It's called Silence! The Musical, and in its subtitle, the show let's us know that this is definitely an unauthorized parody. I wonder how the the creators of the opriginal feel about this satirical reboot. (Or how they feel about not getting a slice of the royalties?) Well, regardless of their views, audiences of the off-broadway comedy have been raving about it. Check out their official website to learn more about the show.
Lampooning a popular show, novel, or movie is not unique to live theater. In the 18th and 19th century, theater companies presented comical bastardizations of Shakespeare tragedies. In the late 1800s, the first American theaters to take on Ibsen's A Doll's House played for laughs, despite the dour seriousness of the script. During the last several decades, parodies have become big business. Forbidden Broadway has been spoofing musicals since the early 80s. Lately, small casts have taken on entire movie series, such as the YouTube hit "A Very Potter Musical." Do you have a favorite parody play or musical? Leave a comment and let us know about it.