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Attack of the Elvis Impersonators

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing, Clever
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9 reviews
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103 reviews
 

An irreverent new musical comedy featuring an original score, swooning fangirls, an Antichrist, world peace, a social media star, the spirit of Elvis...and, of course, a hero!

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When Drac Frenzie, a burnt-out, world-famous heavy metal icon decides to save himself from self-destruction by impersonating Elvis, a miracle occurs—which leads to him not only saving himself, but also the world. This show satirizes everything from self-identity to society to organized religion. 'Attack of the Elvis Impersonators' will make you howl as it converts you to Hound Dog: the new religion of peace.

 
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25
Lighting & Sound America

"The plot is incoherent, the songs are unamusing, and despite the best efforts of the director, Don Stephenson, the action lurches from one mystifying development to the next. The show's meager list of strengths includes Eric Sciotto, as Drac, who attacks his terrible material with a certain verve, and Laura Woyasz, as Prissy, who sings sufficiently appealingly that it would be nice to hear her under different circumstances. Otherwise, bring on the Anti-Christ." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"The show is as baffling as it sounds, but worse, it’s bland and unfunny...The 20-odd musical numbers, though derivative, are catchy and deserve a better book than the one that Lazarus has crafted around them. The performers are blessed with powerful pipes, and they bite into the inanity with whole-hound commitment, matched by Don Stephenson’s frenetic staging. But no matter how hard they try to deliver it, the material all but screams 'return to sender.'" Full Review

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Front Row Center

"The good news here is that 'Attack of the Elvis Impersonators' features an excellent cast...The bad news is that this is the end of the good news...The level of storytelling only achieves that of a college spoof. The kind where everyone is laughing, including the performers, because they are having fun presenting this preposterous story...Not crap. But it is not an engaging show either. As hard as these performers work, the material never gels." Full Review

65
Theatre's Leiter Side

“A goofy all-singing, all-dancing, all-mugging exercise in musical banality...Which isn't to deny that enough Elvis idolaters seeking anything associated with the eponymous late entertainer may find its subject matter rollicking enough to keep it rocking…It strains to be funny with sight gags and comical verses but its biggest laughs actually have little to do with Elvis, coming late in the evening when it joins the anti-Trump bandwagon with the president likened…to the Anti-Christ.” Full Review

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Times Square Chronicles

"From the moment this problematic show starts, you can tell the producers have big pockets. The set is fabulous and the abundant costumes are extremely well done...The score is 'Mister Rogers' tuneful and the lyrics abominable...Don Stephenson directs this mess and Zaremba has over-choreographed this postage stamp of a stage. The show handed out these horrifying masks and wanted us to howl. The only thing I howled for was joy to be released from this over-two-hour twister." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"Not as funny as it’s intended due to its overloaded book and shaky tone...Lazarus’ score is an entertaining blend of rock, pop and show tunes...His good-natured book is a shambles. The serious, campy and satirical elements don’t connect. The plot is crammed and wayward...It’s all strained, labored and simply not very funny due to the ponderous dialogue and choppy structure. Still, the energetic cast puts as much effort into their performances as if they were in a smash Broadway show." Full Review

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Broadway Blog

"The comedic factor rarely rises to the occasion. Most of the jokes fall flat and elicit reactions ranging between audible groans to internal eye rolls. Lyrically, there are no gems to be found in the songs, either...Regarding production value and talent, there is much to admire...I must admit that a handful of the songs are quite catchy thanks to the musical direction, arrangement, and orchestrations...Long before intermission, this hound dog reviewer was ready to be euthanized." Full Review

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CurtainUp

"Embrace the outrageous and watch Elvismania unravel...Free-wheeling and wacky with a nugget of positivism...The score overall is funny and energetic, performed by talented singers, dancers, actors...Sciotto is unbeatable playing bilateral Drac...The plot is choppy with drop-in, drop-out characters. The pace, particularly in the second act, is uneven...A nutty couple of hours of music, love, some good intentions and plenty of laughs." Full Review

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Off Off Online

"The Attention Deficit Disorder Musical. Lory Lazarus, who perpetrated the book, music, and lyrics, just staggers from premise to premise, seizing on some new plot point and leaving whole subplots behind to die of malnutrition. Some of them contain good ideas. More don’t...The cast, directed by Stephenson to be broad, broad, broad, shouts a lot, runs up and down a lot...For all their good work, they seem to lack enthusiasm; the skimpy applause after most numbers must be a downer." Full Review

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Avg Score

83
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if A throwback rock musical intrigues you

Don't see it if You're looking for a polished Broadway musical

70
Funny, Great singing, Canpy

See it if You enjoy campy theater or are an Elvis Presley fan

Don't see it if You are offended by bawdy sexual innuendos, or dislike campy material or dislike Elvis Presley

35
Excruciating, Amateurish, community theater, idiotic

See it if You want to see the worst vanity project with the most ridiculous story performed by actors who which they were in any other show but this.

Don't see it if You value your time and are desperate to see a show.

63
Quirky, Raunchy, Disappointing, Cliched, Good singing

See it if Missed opportunity for a truly zany satire Well sung but sloppily acted by principles Stephenson's staging tries vainly to resuscitate plot

Don't see it if Some clever songs but lame book flattens everything in its path. Just like Elvis this inane show "has left the building"

95
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like fun, campy, creative musicals. You'll have a blast!

Don't see it if No reason not to check it out!

54
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You are very easily entertained

Don't see it if You expect a comedy to actually be funny

81
Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you have an open mind, and just going in for some good singing and acting. The story is a bit out there, but you will enjoy it. I did.

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

Also I can see this show being more like the next Rocky Horror Picture show... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Clever, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like Elvis; you want to see talented Broadway performers in a new and interesting show

Don't see it if You're offended by alternative takes on god and religion and the devil

Also I thought this was a delightful evening of theater. The actors were ex... Read more Read less

84
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Fun, Great singing

See it if You are not looking for a serious performance. You want to have a fun night out. You want to have the hound dog song stuck in your head (lol

Don't see it if You don't like silly, funny performances. You don't want to laugh. You are too serious and don't know how to lighten up.

Also This was so much fun. I truly enjoyed it more than I thought I would. ... Read more Read less

92
Funny, Entertaining, Good singing/acting/dancing!, Deliberate silliness!, Original!

See it if U want to be entertained by a farcical musical that have plenty of zany characters & crazy antics but actors all good. Like Elvis themes.

Don't see it if U demand traditional high theater standards because this is deliberate silliness just for fun-nothing serious. Try it just for fun.

Also U must see this show with one purpose in mind--to have a silly fun old... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like camp, over the top, song , chaos, Elvis and just having a good old time. Silly piece but oh so much fun. Better than I expected

Don't see it if You don't like Elvis, camp, a musical that's over the top & the ridiculous. This is not for you then., or if Anti Christ theme bothers you.

Also If you go by the title alone you won't get disappointed to find that i... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you want a lighthearted, silly time; you want to hear great voices and need a fun night out.

Don't see it if you want a strong score/script, something serious, or don't like hound dogs.

69
Quirky, Indulgent, Slow, Great singing

See it if you love Elvis impersonators. The lead is excellent and supported by a talented ensemble. The songs often approached witty and catchy.

Don't see it if It's rather silly and too long.

75
Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing, Ridiculous

See it if You have a sense of humor for silly, zany, absurd show that makes fun of itself. I laughed the whole time. Great voices. Ensemble stole show

Don't see it if Show is really stupid & it knows it. If you can't embrace that then don't see this show. Book makes no sense. Music pays homage to Elvis.

Also If you go in with any ounce of seriousness you will not enjoy this sho... Read more Read less

87
Edgy, Great acting, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You enjoy high energy rock musicals that are campy and over the top. Excellent acting with many Broadway actors.

Don't see it if You're not willing to suspend disbelief at the scifi plot. This was way better than what the critics said!

83
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like silly comedies and want to have a lot of fun.

Don't see it if If you want a well developed story or don't like musicals.

79
Silly, Camp, Deliberately "so-bad-it's-good"

See it if If your thing is Rocky Horror or Napoleon Dynamite - this may be a theatrical version of that type of campy cult-appeal absurdity.

Don't see it if This show still needs to find its audience, as it would be much more fun with an enthusiastic college/downtown crowd than Theatre Row-types.

Also Also, I think there was some out-dated and unnecessary stereotyping of... Read more Read less

100
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Like great acting Great singing and comedy You wont be bored You will have lots of fun and laughs The music is great

Don't see it if You dont like musicals

69
Quirky, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You're looking for a quirky Show with some good voices!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a bit of Camp!

69
Quirky, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like light, quirky entertainment

Don't see it if you want anything more

69
Funny, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if You like lightweight (albeit somewhat confusing) musical fluff.

Don't see it if You're looking for something with substance.

Also The title is a misnomer.

78
Funny, Quirky, Fun, Great singing, Campy

See it if you enjoy irreverant Off-Broadway musicals, Elvis or general silliness. You appreciate seeing talented performers in new works.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy low-budget parodies.

60
Great singing, Campy, Great staging, Some clever songs, Not funny enough

See it if you're a diehard Elvis Presley fan and enjoy Elvis cosplay.

Don't see it if if you're expecting the kind of campy musical experience that generates a cult following a la Rocky Horror. It's not quite at that level.

Also While I think there is a great germ of an idea here, along with some c... Read more Read less

66
Funny, Ambitious, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if Starts with a hilarious, campy bang but falls apart before the end of Act I. The actors are great - spectacular energy.

Don't see it if Camp is not your thing, or if you get fidgety during forgettable ballads. I applaud silly, but this silly got old for me quickly.

69
Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy silly, goofy shows and just want to laugh. Cast is excellent and much better than their material. Quite a talented bunch!

Don't see it if you're looking for a serious show with substance, you dislike fluffy, silly shows, or you hate Elvis. (-: Cast is very talented, though.