If you’ve ever wanted to watch a comedy musical about genital-harvesting aliens, manipulative makeup tutorials, and the themes of change, friendship and sexuality all wrapped into one, look no further than “Aliens Coming: The Musical.” We know, you’re probably saying “oh, such an NYU thing to do,” but don’t stop reading just because you have some vendetta against ~musicals~.
Written by Joe Kelly, “Aliens Coming” follows two best friends, Brandi and Clementine, as they navigate graduating high school and the stress of change, all while aliens come to take over the world, harvest everybody’s sexual organs and manipulate people through makeup tutorials.
According to director Rachel Deutsch, this multi-layered comedy has many themes, including friendship and sexuality, that people can relate to.
“There are all these really great themes that we are using aliens and makeup to show, and crazy layers that I want people to really resonate with it, but also have a really good time,” explains Deutsch. “It’s really fun, and lots of makeup and sex.”
Three of the cast members, Alice Kors, who plays Clementine, Maia Scalia (no relation to Antonin Scalia, she promises), who plays Brandi, and Andrew L. Ricci, who plays Smib, agree with this. When asked to explain the play in a one-sentence blurb, Ricci came up with this gem.
“Aliens come to earth and try to take over the planet; all the while, a group of teenagers learns about sexuality and about fame…the musical.”
Scalia echoed this sentiment, but went way past one sentence.
“It is definitely a story of the journey of friendship and new beginnings,” Scalia adds. “Where you are faced with these changes, and it’s really about how we navigate those. I mean, there’s a change with them going to college, there’s a change in the friendship, there’s a change with growing up.”
Keeping to the question prompt, Kors offered this insight.
“I think it’s also a play about figuring out who you are, and that it might not necessarily be the person that you thought it was.”
If you’re not that into makeup and sex, or even the existential crises that comes with going to college and knowing everything is changing, then maybe the music will appeal to you. According to the music director, Jonathan “Lemon” Evans, all of the nine songs are genre-based, catchy, and leave you laughing at the ridiculous lyrics after.
“The song about love and hate and tension is a tango,” Evans said, “There is a joke song about praising this fake god called Grimp, and that’s a gospel song.”
The production, while not an NYU sponsored musical, is completely run by NYU students and recent graduates. This major collaborative effort started as a 30-minute play and expanded to be a 90-minute comedy musical. Now while it does maintain a level of woke-ness about the pitfalls of our post-election society, and how social media really can lead to brainwashing, the musical itself is a force of its own.
“I think it definitely does comment on [our society as a whole], but I think it really lives in its own world,” concludes Deutsch. “It’s really taking on its own entity of itself, and making a comment on itself.”
It does so using comedy and a level of sarcastic absurdity that every NYU student needs to make it through the day. It’s also just funny. From the small parts that this Black Sheep reporter was able to see, “I would rip out my vagina for you” was just the beginning of this complexly funny production.
“You’ll be laughing your ass off,” Evans commented.
If you’re interested in this “sexcellent” play that will have you question whether or not the contouring videos you watch is also turning you into a mindless zombie, and watch a bunch of NYU students perform a song about state schools ironically written by NYU students, the production’s opening night is April 11th at 8 p.m. at the People’s Improv Theater on East 24th street. The show will also be running that weekend on April 14th, 15th, and 16th.
Get tickets at: bit.ly/alienscoming
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