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It Came From Beyond

From 4 critic and 19 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful, Quirky

About the show

'Grease' meets 'War of the Worlds' with comic books, aliens, and 1950’s dancing in this family friendly musical comedy.  More…

'It Came From Beyond' takes place in a high school science classroom in 1959 and switches between two parallel stories. It centers on the nerdy, high school geek whose only chance to save the popular, beautiful girl that he loves, is to find the secret hidden in a new comic book called 'It Came From Beyond.' In the parallel story, an astronomer seeks the same secret in order to stop an attack on planet Earth from aliens from outer space. 

2h 0m | Already closed | St Luke's Theatre (Midtown W)


"The charming new comic musical...boasts an excellent cast with strong voices. Sharp direction and choreography enliven its tuneful, adventurous music, and taut construction – too rare in new musicals – makes it more than a collection of individual talents...Though the show’s characters unashamedly fulfill their stereotypes, they also grow deeper as the fun blooms and the tension in the twin stories mounts...A happy marriage of clever nostalgia, shiny new music, and sheer fun." Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

"A silly musical parody of vintage-style sci-fi, comic books, Cold-War propaganda, and song and dance...Directed...with an eye on kitschy humor, the show is chockful of nostalgic references to the popular culture of the era...Performances are campy and fun...without being so over-the-top as to become annoying...Despite the inconsistent vocals, absence of live musicians, and an early 7 PM curtain time, 'It Came from Beyond' is a lively send-up of the genre." Full Review

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"Emanating just enough charm and good will to keep from crashing...Christianson’s script is campy, but not sufficiently outrageous; other-worldly, but not scary. And opportunities to freshen the writing to reflect current political and societal upheaval have gone untaken...Humor is dished out in three varieties of vanilla. There are double entendres that range from painfully obvious to successfully silly...It is hard to spoof a low-budget movie when you are a low-budget stage production." Full Review


"A virtual laugh free, interminable, and unrewarding musical parody...There are some humorous cultural references and mild double-entendres but the stale plot hasn't been shaped into a compelling narrative and it all just isn't very funny...A fine pastiche of pop and show tunes but with 20 numbers, a good deal is extraneous...Though without any wow moments Blanchette's direction is solid...It hasn't yet acquired the alchemical qualities necessary for the campy spectacle it aspires to be." Full Review

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Fluffy

See it if If you are a fan of 50's SciFi and would love a truly humorous parody with a delightful cast of characters.

Don't see it if If you desire to see a fully polished musical. This is not, but still a fine job.

Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if Delightful musical , a fun time, I smiled the entire show

Don't see it if a drama

Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like camp & references set in the 50's, want to see a funny show, like the old sci-fi movies. A hoot!

Don't see it if If you don't like sci-fi or camp of the 50's, you want a serious show, or you have no sense of humor...stay home.

Funny, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if This is fun and funny and nostalgic and interactive. The 1950's Grade B SciFi movies meets musical Mars Attacks for the family.

Don't see it if you are looking for serious, thought provoking drama. This is a snuggle with your best friend and eat popcorn kind of evening.

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if Sci-fi type show with singing and some dancing. A comic book bring a young man imagination to life.

Don't see it if If you want high end show. If you want a serious show.

Also Two hours no intermission, So some the sings are good, some not need i... Read more Read less

Funny, Campy, Fluffy

See it if you like campy in a 50's type style, it's a pretty funny show, with old sci-fi movies references

Don't see it if you don't like sci-fi or the 50's, it's really not a very serious show, but fun nevertheless

Quirky, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you like sci-fi flicks, lived in the 50s and can live with the good and the not so good parts

Don't see it if you don't like shows that need some work. There are some good moments in this show

Campy, Fluffy, Silly

See it if you have an appreciation for B-movie 1950's sci-fi themes and campy humor.

Don't see it if you're expecting high production value or a sophisticated story.

Quirky, Disappointing, Cliched, Dated, Great singing

See it if you love 50's sci-fi flicks. The show had some good moments, but needs to be trimmed down a bit. The highschool scenes were kind of boring.

Don't see it if you can't sit still for 2 hours without an intermission. If you don't like campy shows, this is not for you.

Also The show was too campy and too long. At times I felt like I was watchi... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Great music and singing, Light-weight, campy, nostalgic musical

See it if What if 50s Sci-Fi Comic Book came to life; nerdy high school kid becomes professor who saves earth from invading aliens and wins the girl.

Don't see it if You can’t go with a sci-fi fantasy melodrama where humans overcome fear and use a third-eye brain ray to free the world from alien control.

Also Music by Stephen M. Schwartz – another one, not the one who wrote Wick... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Dizzying, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you're in the mood for a campy, silly, high school type musical.

Don't see it if you can't watch a 2 hr show with no intermission. Probably a good thing there is no intermission; people probably would have left. (sorry!)

Entertaining, Fluffy, Silly

See it if you have an appreciation for sci-fi themes and humor from b-films in the 50s

Don't see it if If you prefer serious, thought-provoking works that deliver some sort of message.

Disappointing, Mediocre, Fluffy

See it if You need mindless entertainment. It's silly and there is really not much to it. It is NOT the next Rocky Horror as touted.

Don't see it if You want to see something memorable.It's painless and short but even at 75 minutes it dragged.

Cliched, Dated, Great music, Fluffy

See it if You are a sci-fi fan. Want to here great pastiche music from the 50s & 60s. STANDOUT Kaitlyn Baldwin. Funny, charismatic and great voice.

Don't see it if This is not a off-broadway caliber production. Book needs work, Lyrics need work. It's a show in it's infancy that rewritten could be good.

Also Although I loved the music and thought songs were well placed, the lyr... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a wonderful, fresh musical with great songs and great performances

Don't see it if There's no reason not to see it. It was adorable.

During previews
Delightful, Hilarious, Great staging, Silly, Camp

See it if You like old 50's Sci-Fi movies, especially when turned into utterly ridiculous musicals. I see as many of these as I can.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy being silly and suspending your reality for a couple of hours. See it.

Also I loved the show. The author was sitting in my row and was happy with ... Read more Read less

During previews
Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing, Campy

See it if You want to see a show that is all about entertainment: fun, laughs, great music and memories (if you grew up in the 50s).

Don't see it if If you prefer serious, thought-provoking theater that delivers a profound message.

Also I was worried that I would not enjoy this play as, even as a kid, I wa... Read more Read less

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Silly fun, Good score/lyrics, Appealing performers

See it if you like delightful songs, performances and a very "campy take" on silly 50's Sci-Fi movies.

Don't see it if you dislike "frothy," totally unrealistic plays that have minimal serious messages and focus on sheer escapist entertainment.

During previews
Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if If you like a fast paced musical with great songs and performers you'll love this. Very 50's oriented with tongue firmly planted in cheek.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you love high end production shows like Hamilton etc. This is a more bare bones production in an intimate theater.

Also I loved the show. Even without an intermission it breezed by. The perf... Read more Read less

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