Warped, witty, sexy, and sassy take on the Disney Princesses that would have Walt Disney rolling over in his grave!
I’m always up for some culture, along with some laughs, and off-Broadway sometimes offers the best of both worlds. Was more than happy to attend a performance of Disenchanted! as part of a Yelp night event. When I read about the show and found out the storyline was a take on the Disney princesses I knew it would be hilarious – and it was! I’ll admit that I am a Disney fan and have seen all the movies, been to the parks, bought all of Dark Lord Mickey’s merchandise, etc, so this was a no-brainer to be a part of.
The stage setup is simple with just a few props and backgrounds which works perfectly, and compliments the actresses just right for each of their numbers. The St Clemens theater is simple in itself and you get the impression you’re sitting in a school study hall with comfortable stadium seating offering a great view of the stage. Good acoustics and AC too which was surprisingly welcomed. Easy to get to off of Times Square and it’s located in a church. Yup, a church. No frills setup for sure, but very effective and intimate. Worked extremely well when they got the audience to participate in a sing along competition. Yes, that happened. If you are sitting as a couple in the front row center area you might become a focal point in all this. Be prepared to sing!
As for the actual show it was a blast! Each number was sung wonderfully with a lot of humor and wit. You’re laughing all throughout and feel as if you’re part of the inside joke. Oh, there are times that it gets a bit dirty, and perhaps bawdy, so this is more of an adult show and not really one you want to take the small kiddies to see. It’s almost as if the Disney Princesses are revolting against men’s influence in general and decided to stage an old-timey musical variety show with a feminist kick, vaudeville, slapstick, and sexual innuendos thown in for good measure. Snow White plays the ringleader and she is fantastic, along with her two main gals Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty running the show. Little Mermaid, Mulan, Princess Jasmine, Pocahontas, Belle, The Frog Princess and Rapunzel are all part of the gang. Each one was hilarious, talented, and can really sing! At times it is so over the top, can be a bit corny, and highly politically incorrect too, but that is part of the fun of Disenchanted! Just go with it and laugh along. If you have seen the movies and are a Disney fan you will get it. I found this 90 minute performance extremely funny as this type of humor/satire suits me just fine. The Disney princesses rocked it!
Watch out boys as Snow White and her Princess Posse don’t need no fairy tales, Prince Charmings, or glass slippers! Disenchanted! was a terrific show! I would definitely see it again!
The details –
LIMITED OFF-BROADWAY ENGAGEMENT NOW PLAYING AT THEATRE AT ST. CLEMENT’S THROUGH JANUARY 25, 2015
(New York, NY) Producers Don Frantz (Beauty and the Beast) and Jonathan Pollard (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) present the new musical comedy DISENCHANTED!, making its New York premiere with a limited OffBroadway engagement at Theatre at St. Clement’s (423 West 46th St. at 9th Avenue) through January 25, 2015. With book, music and lyrics by Dennis T. Giacino, DISENCHANTED! is directed by Fiely A. Matias and features musical staging by Matt West (Lestat). The musical began previews on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, with an Opening Night of Thursday, December 4, 2014.
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the new musical comedy that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades toss off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to New York City – and fairy tales will never be the same!
Disenchanted! – http://www.disenchantedmusical.com/
St Clements Theater – http://www.stclementsnyc.org/