Baby Wants Candy
Lovers of comedy and musical theater are sure to enjoy this troupe's completely improvised musicals.
I was lucky enough to see the opening (and closing) night of Nuclear Zombie Terrorists: The Musical, and while there were indeed zombies, most of the plot and songs revolved around typical musical fodder: star-crossed lovers, non-committal husbands, and the ugly duckling who just wants to be prom queen. This universality of themes in the oddest of situations is perhaps the most telling aspect of Baby Wants Candy's musical theater philosophy.
The rotating cast includes some stellar comedy talent -- at my performance, I was fortunate enough to see the hilarious Jeff Hiller (most recently part of the company of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), the impressive Nicole Parker (a veteran of Wicked and MAD TV), Michael Kayne, Mike Still and Rebecca Drysdale.
But it is very clear that the glue holding this show together is founding member Peter Gwinn, who played no fewer than three characters over the course of the night, including a rather convincing Will Smith.
Perhaps the most awe-inspiring performance of the evening came from musical director Jody Shelton and his band, charged with the task of improvising genre-appropriate musical accompaniment for the actors. The ability to spontaneously coordinate between the four musicians in the pit and the six actors on stage must require some sort of ESP.