|The Ruckus Theater presents|
|Escape from the Haltsburg Boys Choir|
|Book/Lyrics by Aaron Dean
Music/Lyrics byJason Rico
Directed by Daniel Caffrey
at Side Project Theatre, 1439 W. Jarvis (map)
through Jan 30 | tickets: $15-$20 | more info
Reviewed by Katy Walsh
The Emperor requests a performance by the up and coming boys choir. The royal attention spearheads strategies to keep the vocal stylings intact. What wouldn't a choirmaster do to cash in on his established prepubescent harmonies? (Imagine Michael Jackson's dad in 18th century Austria.) The Ruckus presents the world-premiere musical Escape from the Haltsburg Boys Choir. Originally conceived as a fable based on the Vienna Boys Choir, The Ruckus moved the setting to the fictional town of Haltsburg after a cease-and-desist letter from the VBC. The story centers around the questionable recruitment and retention practices of a boys choir. Back in the day, star performers would retain their position by being cut. To maintain the higher cherubic quality, it was off with his balls. Motivated by the threat of castration, four boys skip choir practice to flee captivity. Escape from the Haltsburg Boys Choir promotes the tagline 'to get out, you'll need to use 'em...or lose 'em.'
Chrck out the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Blog.