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A Musical About Star Wars
Original Cast Recording


Writers: Tom D’Angora, Taylor Crousore, and Scott Richard Foster
Music & Lyrics: Billy Recce
Performed by: Taylor Crousore, Scott Richard Foster, and Emily McNamara
Label: Broadway Records
RRP: £12.99
Release Date: 08 November 2019

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away... a Staten Island Blockbuster Video to be exact... Two Star Wars fanatics, Scott and Taylor, write the most epic Star Wars musical ever. On their endless quest to perform it at Comic Con - a restraining order filed by Warwick Davis stands in their way – they have opted to perform it on the glamorous off-Broadway stages instead! However, dark forces are looming over their production, and her name is Emily. “Do Scott and Taylor prevail? Does the show make it to Comic Con? The answers are less important than the fun time you’ll have getting there...!

Broadway Records release the Original Cast Recording of A Musical About Star Wars: A fanboy's wet dream... If you can get past the many layers of cheesy dialogue and rather bad comedic acting (rich considering that they lambaste poor Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen for their poor acting in the movies) then this isn't half bad. As an aside, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) said: "I’m still angry about the way they [the media and critics] treated Jake Lloyd. He was only ten years old, that boy, and he did exactly what George wanted him to do. Believe me, I understand clunky dialog."

Talking about the project, composer/lyricist Billy Reese said: "As someone who wrote his college application essay on Revenge of the Sith, it has been an absolute dream to be able to combine two of my favourite things - musical theatre and Star Wars - with this score. I can’t wait to be able to share these wacky, ridiculous songs with a galaxy not too far away on our Original Cast Recording. I can only hope that one day, another High School Senior on Long Island will write their own college app essay about this album."

The writing is fine, and if you're a lover of Star Wars there's plenty to enjoy here, but if I had a problem with it it's that it's a little too twee and a little cringeworthy in places. A lot of the gags didn't work for me but there's no arguing that the writers know their stuff.

For serious Star Wars fans, there's plenty of fun to be had here as the trio nitpick their way through the Star War franchise. And you'll get much more out of it on further play throughs, as the information comes thick and fast and you may just miss some of it the first time around.

If you can stomach the bad acting and gags, you'll find this to be rewarding.


Darren Rea

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