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  •  REVIEW: CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL

      Cannibal! The Musical
    Oh my God, they've eaten Kenny!

    "South Park" co-creator Trey Parker tells the hilarious and uplifting story of the famous Alferd Packer expedition as it probably didn't happen, in "Cannibal! The Musical."

    By ROBIN EISGRAU
    Offoffoff.com


    If you're a "South Park" fan who still finds yourself humming "Blame Canada" from the movie musical version of that cartoon series, then you'll definitely enjoy the boisterous "Cannibal! The Musical," which was written by South Park co-creator Trey Parker.

    CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL
    Written by: Trey Parker.
    Cast: Yoshi Amao, Ryan Brack, Kasey Daley, Lisa Gardner, Joshua Gilliam, Nadine Klein, Paul Lange, Jeremy Manta, Rob McDonald, Matt Parson, Elizabeth Quinn, Mark C. Ramsey, Scott W. Sanborn, and John David West.

    Related links: Official site
     SCHEDULE
    Kraine Theater
    85 East 4th St.
    Sat. 10:30 p.m.
    Through July 2001
    Tickets $12 advance, $15 at door
    Reservations at (212) 539-7686

      
    Based on the 1995 Troma film that launched Parker and Matt Stone's career and infused with the same style of humor as "South Park," "Cannibal!" tells the story of Alferd Packer, who in 1880s Colorado was convicted of cannibalism after a doomed gold expedition in the Rockies. Relayed in flashbacks as Packer (played with radiance by Ryan Brack) describes the ill-fated trek to amorous reporter Polly Pry, "Cannibal!" sports a colorful cast of characters.

    Among the guys searching for gold there's a Bible-happy would-be priest, a sex-crazed teenager and a cockeyed optimist, plus Packer's horse, played by the comely blonde Nadine Klein. The group encounters three trappers (with whom a rivalry that winks at "West Side Story" ensues), a Japanese-accented Indian chief and Jesus (in hilarious cameos).

    The songs, with titles like "Shpadoinkle," "Don't Be Stupid," "When I was On Top Of You" and "Hang The Bastard," are infectious and very funny, making one suspect that Parker's got a real affection for musical theater. There are more than a few sight gags, such as a river-crossing scene involving a tie-dyed sheet and the exposed buttocks of the guys in Packer's party, plus an impressive tap-dancing sequence. An altogether tasty show.

    APRIL 3, 2001
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK


    Reader comments on Cannibal! The Musical:

  • Cannibal   from Claire, Apr 9, 2001
  • Re: Cannibal   from Jenna Hart, Oct 29, 2002
  • This time it's for the show   from Mike McFadden, Jun 5, 2001
  • great show...but   from bacchus, Jun 8, 2001
  • Cannibal : The Musical   from Derek, Jul 5, 2001
  • Greatest!   from Anton, Oct 7, 2002

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