Awesome Musicals

How Lin-Manuel Miranda Orders a Pizza

How Lin-Manuel Miranda Orders a Pizza

Lin-Manuel Miranda is best known for his tour de force music, book, lyrics, and starring performance in Hamilton. Comedian Daniel Thrasher and his friends poke fun at Lin-Manuel’s distinctive style and enunciation as he attempts to place the most ridiculously complicated pizza order ever.

Chicago Fraggle Rock

Chicago Fraggle Rock

After seeing how well The Muppet Show theme synced up with Dirty Dancing, TikToker drkritz was inspired to do the same with another famous movie dance routine. It turns out that Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones’ Nowadays dance from Chicago works perfectly with the theme from Fraggle Rock.

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BioShock: The High School Musical

BioShock: The High School Musical

A group of students from John Burroughs High School performed a musical inspired by Rapture, the dystopian undersea world of BioShock. The connections to the game’s plot are loose at best, but the Powerhouse choir took home multiple awards in the Hart Encore 2022 show choir competition for their performance.

Little Shop of Horrors Tiny Desk Concert

Little Shop of Horrors Tiny Desk Concert

Little Shop of Horrors is one of our favorite musicals of all time. Turning a B-movie about a man-eating plant into a hit Broadway musical was sheer genius. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, composer Alan Menken was joined by the cast of the off-Broadway revival to perform five of the show’s instant classic songs.

Friend Like Me on Electronic Organ

Friend Like Me on Electronic Organ

Musician 826aska performs a spirited arrangement of the track Friend Like Me on her electronic organ. While we will always miss Robin Williams, her version serves as a delightful and uplifting tribute. If you enjoy Disney musicals, check out her arrangements of A Whole New World and Circle of Life too.

Cyrano (Trailer)

Cyrano (Trailer)

Peter Dinklage stars as the eponymous Cyrano de Bergerac in this musical retelling of the classic romance about never judging a book by its cover. With director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) behind the camera, we’re expecting epic visuals, scenery, and costumes.

One Man ’90s Disney Movie Medley

One Man ’90s Disney Movie Medley

Vocalist Nick Pitera demonstrates his vocal range and ability to hit the high notes in this medley of eight songs from Disney musical movies that came out in the 1990s. Tracks include The Bells of Notre Dame, I’ll Make a Man Out of You, Hakuna Matata, A Whole New World, and The Mob Song.

Annette (Trailer)

Annette (Trailer)

Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, and Simon Helberg star in this musical film about a stand-up comedian and his love for a famous opera singer. Penned by Ron and Russell Mael, AKA Sparks and directed by Leos Carax, it looks like one wild ride. It’s opening Cannes 2021, in theaters 8.6.2021, and on Amazon Prime on 8.20.2021.

Cher’s West Side Story

Cher’s West Side Story

Cher is known for her incredible vocal power, soufulness, and showmanship. To demonstrate her versatility, she played all of the major roles in a mini production of the musical West Side Story for her 1978 show Cher… Special. The same show featured a heaven vs. hell musical battle between Dolly Parton and The Tubes.

I Demand a Vaccination: The Musical

I Demand a Vaccination: The Musical

Inspired by Andre Antunes, musician Brandon Ethridge likes to add melodies to voices expressed in current events. In this short clip, he turns televangelist Kenneth Copeland’s impassioned sermon about a COVID-19 vaccine into an epic mini-musical. If this doesn’t get people stoked for vaccination, we don’t know what will.

You’re the Funk That I Want

You’re the Funk That I Want

We’ve seen lots of productions of Grease over the years, but never one quite this hip. Vocalists Antwaun Stanley and Therese Curatolo join the funkmeisters of Scary Pockets for the grooviest duet of “You’re the One That I Want” we’ve ever heard.

Alfred Matthew Yankovic

Alfred Matthew Yankovic

“Weird Al” Yankovic has already done a great send-up of the musical juggernaut Hamilton with “The Hamilton Polka.” As good as that is, we also love The Weird Alphabet’s parody, which is more of a prototypical novelty song, changing the lyrics to tell the origin story of the man behind “Another One Rides the Bus.”

Hamilton But It’s Muppets

Hamilton But It’s Muppets

With its release on Disney+, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit Hamilton is once again the talk of the town. Perhaps seeing a rainbow connection, Ricky Downes III recorded the entire musical in the voices of The Muppets. When Beaker started rapping, coffee came out of our nose. Act two here.

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SNL: Airport Sushi

SNL: Airport Sushi

John Mulaney rounds out his Diner Lobster and Bodega Bathroom trilogy with another thing none of us should ever do – eat raw seafood at New York LaGuardia Airport, or for that matter, even fly out of the place. This time, Jake Gyllenhal and David Byrne come along and take that ride.

That Song That No One Likes

That Song That No One Likes

“I’m sure they’d cut it, but the leads are backstage changing, and they need a lot of time…” If you’ve been to the theater to see a musical, you know exactly what Upright Citizens Brigade performer Sarah Smallwood Parsons is singing about in her hilarious parody of that one song that nobody cares about or remembers.

Microsoft the Musical

Microsoft the Musical

A group of interns working at Microsoft wanted to say thanks to the company that gave them a home for the summer and something good for their resumes. But what do you give the company that’s got everything – and on an intern’s budget? You put on a Broadway show, that’s what!

Us Cats

Us Cats

We’ve seen the trailer for the Cats movie musical, and the weird CGI cats just creep us out. Frankly, we think Ian Abramson’s version works much better, accompanied by Luniz’s I Got 5 on It, notable for its appearance in the trailer for Jordan Peele’s horror flick Us.

You’re The Choir That I Want

You’re The Choir That I Want

We’ve got chills, they’re multiplyin’… and you will too with this great group performance of the classic track The One That I Want from the 1970s musical Grease by the members of Toronto’s Choir! Choir! Choir! Danny and Sandy would be so proud.

The Bunny Incident

The Bunny Incident

A cast of 4th and 5th graders from Van Buren, Arkansas’ Parkland Elementary performed in this charming musical tribute to Star Trek, in which evil Klingons take the Easter Bunny hostage. Written, directed, and composed by teacher and Emmy winner Kevin Croxton.

Stage Fright (Red Band Trailer)

Stage Fright (Red Band Trailer)

(NSFW: Gore, Language) Meat Loaf rocks a mustache while attempting to manage a snooty performing arts camp being stalked by a musical-theatre hating, blood-thirsty killer, in Jerome Sable’s future camp classic Stage Fright.

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In Summer

In Summer

A musical number from Disney’s animated flick Frozen, in which a snowman named Olaf longs for summertime fun. A catchy, Broadway-quality tune by Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit) and Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q).

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