DON’T CROSS THE STREAMS: THE CEASE AND DESIST MUSICAL presented by The Carnegie as part of the 2012 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. You can read the show description here.
To quote Slappy Squirrel from Animaniacs, “Now that’s comedy.”
Mike Hall and Joshua Steele are to be commended for creating a show that is fun, clever, smart and truly funny.
Hall, Steele and Mike Sherman have assembled a strong ensemble with comedy chops. Stand-outs include Tom Highley as “famous” (and clueless) soap actor Hugo West. Also fun was Sean Mette’s character who dreams of being a hoofing Slimer in the show. But it’s Christopher Stewart’s hilarious imitation of Rick Moranis that is worth the price of admission alone.
With so much to take in, I feel I wasn’t able to fully appreciate the score (my issue, not the shows). I can tell you that the musical number, “Ghost Bus to My Lord” is a hysterical showstopper. Cameron Jamarr Davis channels his best James Brown with great results.
The show did seem to momentarily lose it’s momentum in a couple places, but I expect this was due to cuts made after the first performance for time constraints. I did get a bit confused near the end of the show, after the scene in the mayor’s office, possibly because it’s been a years since I’ve seen the movie “Ghostbusters.” I would encourage the cast to hold for laughs as lines were lost several times under the audience’s response.
Congratulations to everyone involved for bringing this laugh-out-loud performance to the Fringe. It may not be perfect, but it’s a very promising start. If this is mounted in a full-production at some future date, I’m so there.
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