Team Starkid are a Youtube-based musical theatre company founded in 2009 who, among other things, have produced 13 musicals in the last 12 years. I recently was introduced to them through the show The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals, and have since then fallen in love with what they do. Their shows are well-written, their comedy is often very witty and clever, and their music is more often than not excellent. I’ve spent the last two months watching any Starkid content I can get my hands on, and while there are a few fringe things they’ve done that I haven’t gotten around to yet (Airport for Birds, Yes I Am Afraid of the Dark, and Movies, Musicals, & Me), I’ve watched every single other thing that they’ve officially released, plus a whole host of other content made by various members of the group that I’ve found on Youtube. Suffice it to say, I’ve become just a tad bit obsessed with them.
But who are Starkid? Well, they were founded by a group of friends at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, including Nick and Matt Lang (who have gone on to contribute to every show’s book to date), Darren Criss, and Brian Holden. While they are the four official founding members, it’s also fair to say that actors like Lauren Lopez, Joey Richter, and Jamie Lyn Beatty are also a part of the main group at this point, considering the three of them have been in the vast majority of Starkid productions. Since then, a large variety of people have worked on Starkid musicals, both as actors and in creative positions, including Jeff Blim, Dylan Saunders, Meredith Stepien, Joe Walker, and many others. They are most well-known for their first show: a parody musical of Harry Potter called A Very Potter Musical, which has earned a staggering number of views since it was released to Youtube in 2009.
Today, I am going to be ranking every Starkid production that I’ve seen from worst to best, and trying to justify why. Do remember that everything I say is just my opinion, although I will try to back it up with facts whenever I can, and if you disagree with any of my placements than more power to you. (In fact, if you disagree with something, you should join my discord server and tell me why). So with all that out of the way, let’s get started.
Table of Contents:
- 20 – A Very Potter Sequel
- 19 – Little White Lie
- 18 – Me and My Dick
- 17 – Holy Musical B@man
- 16 – Starship
- 15 – Ani: A Parody
- 14 – The S.P.A.C.E Tour
- 13 – A Very Starkid Reunion
- 12 – A Very Potter Musical
- 11 – A VHS Christmas Carol LIVE!
- 10 – A VHS Christmas Carol
- 09 – Nightmare Time
- 08 – The Trail to Oregon!
- 07 – A Very Potter Senior Year
- 06 – Apocalyptour
- 05 – Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier
- 04 – Starkid: Homecoming
- 03 – Firebringer
- 02 – Black Friday
- 01 – The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals
20 – A Very Potter Sequel (2010)
A Very Potter Sequel is…..complicated. It has some of my favorite songs and jokes that Starkid have ever written, such as Getting Along, the Hermione Can’t Draw scene, the plot twist with Draco’s ancestry, and Lucius Malfoy’s opening number. It has a compelling emotional core centering the story, and the main arc revolving around Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Draco is honestly quite good, as is the other twist involving Draco that takes place in the third act. Harry Freakin Potter is a bop of a song, Coolest Girl is the Hermione solo number that the original needed, Those Voices is equal parts touching and haunting, and serves as an outstanding ending for Act One. There’s a lot of really good music and moments in this show, which is why it’s so disappointing that there are large parts of the musical that don’t work in the slightest.
First of all, let’s talk about Umbridge. I love Joe Walker, and I love individual parts of his performance in this show, but there are several key scenes in which the writing does not work in the slightest. The scene with her in the girls’ dorms immediately comes to mind, as it’s not funny in the slightest and goes on way too long, but more generally speaking, for every stellar line he delivers, there’s another joke that falls completely flat. The highlight of the character is her relationship with Dumbledore, and it’s a real shame that her character writing doesn’t live up to Joe’s performance.
I also don’t much like the centaurs and their role within the story. At times they feel contrived, they’re never particularly funny, and even the reveal at the end with Malfoy doesn’t do much to redeem it in my eyes, although it is an admittedly funny gag. A Very Potter Sequel is a show that tries very hard to live up to the original, and although there are parts that most definitely succeed, and I respect the hell out of the Lang Brothers for the attempt, the final product does not live up to that effort, and makes for a rather unsatisfying, if decently entertaining, watch.
Watch A Very Potter Sequel Here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL86C718AEE71C9DE9
19 – Little White Lie (2009)
Little White Lie is, in many ways, the black sheep of the Starkid canon. It’s a low budget web series that, while not exactly a musical, has music woven into its main plot, and it’s very much a mixed bag. Don’t get me wrong, there are some excellent parts sprinkled throughout, and all the actors do a very good job, but there are parts of this show that just do not work for me.
Pretty much the entire first half is a real low, if I’m being honest. It’s played very straight and doesn’t feature a lot of attempts at jokes, and even though the actors are all doing really well, especially Lauren Lopez as Tanya, I just don’t think the Lang Brothers’ writing was strong enough to pull off a show played completely straight at this point in their career. With that being said, the first half definitely does have some redeeming qualities, particularly the music. Boy Toy is an absolute bop and the way Lauren performs it is as funny as it is fun to listen to, a lot of the songs that Sami and Duder steal from Kevin are pretty damn great, and the theme song is cool as well. Unfortunately, this isn’t enough to stop part one from being a slog to get through.
But then, as if a switch is flipped, the show becomes funny. Don’t get me wrong, it still has serious beats and moments, but it’s balanced out with humor and that makes everything land better. Not to mention, the jokes are really fucking good! There’s this entire sequence and song combo called Duder’s a Spy, and it’s genuinely some of the funniest comedy that the Lang Brothers have ever written. The characters also begin to feel a bit more fleshed out, especially Tanya, who goes through a pretty solid emotional arc during the second half of the show. Darren Criss also does a good job from both an acting and singing perspective, although that’s not very surprising at this point.
Little White Lie is a neat experiment, but about half of it doesn’t really land for me. Luckily, the other half is pretty damn spectacular, and that pushes it up the list a few slots.
Watch Little White Lie Here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7036788DF36D6AC7
18 – Me and My Dick (2009)
Despite being ranked fairly low, it should be noted that I quite like Me and My Dick for what it is, and I consider it to be a large step up from Ani. In fact, it goes through several remarkably high highs, and has several of the best songs Starkid have ever created. Listen to Your Heart is an absolute bop, carried by an unforgettable performance courtesy of A.J. Holmes, Me and My Dick is a shockingly sweet (albeit innuendo-filled) opening number that does an excellent job establishing the relationship between Joey and…..his Dick…..yeah did I mention that this show is weird? The premise is a high school sex comedy with some coming of age elements sprinkled in, except the main characters’ genitals and hearts are all anthropomorphized characters who also go through character arcs over the course of the show. It actually works pretty damn well in the context of the show. Anyway, Ready to Go is a great little ensemble piece that does a good job establishing our cast of main characters, I’ve Seen You Here Before is a sweet romantic duet that works so well it’s easy to forget that it’s sung by a talking penis and vagina, and Even Though is quite possibly the best romantic ballad Starkid has ever written. It’s a real close fight between it and A Thousand and One Nights, but I could certainly see an argument in favor of this one.
Not only is the music excellent, but the actors all do a spectacular job as well. It goes without saying that Joey Richter and Joe Walker do great as…..Joey Richter — did I mention this show was weird? — and Dick respectively, but Jamie Lyn Beatty knocks it out of the park as sally, Brian Holden and Nick Strauss each pull through shockingly great performances as — sighs — Flopsy and The Old Snatch respectively, and Devin Lytle gives a performance that I had no idea she had in her as Miss Cooter. The cast all do a wonderful job bringing the material they’re working with to life, and even though there are some characters I have some fairly large problems with — more on them in a minute — the actors who play them, such as Corey Dorris, Arielle Goldman, and Alle-Faye Monka — all do the absolute best they can with the material they’re given, and I hold absolutely nothing against them.
Many of the jokes are also surprisingly good. Now don’t get me wrong, this is not a show that’s afraid to just say something lewd as a joke and expect a laugh. It does that plenty, and to be perfectly honest, it works a lot of the time. The actors all have really good comedic timing, which definitely contributes to the experience, but it also helps that the Lang Brothers are undeniably talented writers, and even the lowest brow humor here often has a little something to help construct it into a more fully formed joke. With that being said, there are often times when the show goes far beyond that, and uses its concept to make some rather nuanced — if not particularly insightful — points about the human psyche, and yes I am well aware that that’s not a sentence you expected to hear in a section about a show called “Me and My Dick.” Particularly the humor surrounding the various characters’ hearts is top notch. Joey’s proposal scene also stands out as one of the funnier moments in the show.
Unfortunately, while a lot of the comedy works, some of it really doesn’t. There are two kinds of bad jokes in this show. The kind that are so over-the-top that they lose me, and the ones that were made in poor taste even in 2009, and have not aged at all well since then. As an example of the first kind, please turn your attention to the Council of Pussies. That scene just isn’t funny. It ends up just falling into the “lol random” style of comedy, and even though it actually does lead to a very heartfelt moment, none of the comedy lands for me. However, the far bigger issue for me is the poor taste humor. Specifically, the stuff surrounding Big T, and the jokes at the expense of trans-gender people that ensue. I particularly dislike the notion that he was “cut off during a sex change”, considering that that’s not how the operation even fucking works. It propogates harmful stereotypes, and beyond that, it just doesn’t work as a joke. There’s no humor behind it except “lol trans people, amiright?” and even though I adore Starkid with all of my heart, I really wish they’d cut this part out. It’s perhaps the worst that they’ve ever been as a company, and I’m very glad they’ve moved away from this type of comedy, and grown as both people and artists since 2009.
Finally, although this show does pull off some very impressive and heartfelt moments and character arcs — particularly pertaining to Dick, Miss Cooter, and the Old Snatch — there are some of the more serious aspects that I’m not a fan of either. Despite liking the journey of self-love and acceptance the Old Snatch goes through, I very much dislike the moral stance on sexuality the show takes, and I’m really not a fan of either Tiffany’s character, nor the way her personified vagina helps to propagate that message. On a more structural level, the show is probably 20 minutes too long, and I think a lot of the “land of the dicks” and “pussy council” stuff should have been cut down, because it’s easily the least funny part of the show, and doesn’t do all that much for the plot either.
To summarize, Me and My Dick is a beautiful mess of a show, and really does feel like a sex comedy put on by a bunch of college students. But at the end of the day, despite all its flaws, those college students are team Starkid, and the idiots writing the thing are a young Nick and Matt Lang, so of course the damn thing works better than it has any right to, and of course it has some of the best songs in the Starkid canon.
Watch Me and My Dick Here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF0D250702C0684CD
17 – Holy Musical B@man (2012)
Holy Musical B@man has a lot going for it, but I think it’s held back in a number of key areas. The actors all do a great job, with Jeff Blim’s debut Starkid performance as the villainous Sweet Tooth being an obvious highlight (Joe Walker and Brian Holden are also fantastic as Batman and Superman respectively), and a lot of the jokes are really funny. HMB has an emphasis on puns, and I think that fits really well with the show’s overall style: a loving homage to the campy, over-the-top Batman era of the 1960s, as well as a satirical takedown of the dark and edgy bullshit that has followed it ever since.
I also generally like the songs. The opening number is a catchy banger, Dark, Sad, Lonely Knight toes the line between humor and heart quite well, Super Friends is a very nice energetic finale to the show, and both versions of Rogues Are We really showcase what an ensemble villain number can do. With that being said, I find The American Way to be a rather forgettable (if mildly amusing) tune, especially compared to other Starkid songs with similar themes that came later, such as Made in America, and To Be a Man is just excessive, there’s no other word for it. Shock humor at its least entertaining.
Honestly, my biggest issue with the show is that I just don’t find the story to be all that good. It has very effective individual moments, such as Joe Walker’s fantastic monologue about why the classic heroes are indeed cool, and it executes one or two character relationships quite well, with Batman’s relationship with Robin being a highlight, but the overall narrative never manages to stick the landing. The result is a show that is thoroughly entertaining if you can turn off your brain and enjoy the ride, but is also noticeably sloppy compared to many of Starkid’s other work. Still better than the Lego Batman Movie, though.
Watch Holy Musical B@man Here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96B8289ADF77A8C4
16 – Starship (2011)
Speaking of hot messes, let’s talk about Starship. This is the first show Starkid made away from the University of Michigan, and I know from interviews that the group struggled as a result. It probably didn’t help that Starship is, to date, one of the most ambitious projects they’ve ever taken on, and with all that in mind, I think the show turned out pretty damn well.
The best part of Starship is its cast, as this show is responsible for introducing several longterm Starkids, as well as featuring one or two one-off performances that nevertheless stand the test of time. Joey Richter returns as the star of the show, and once again does a stellar (hehe, pun intended) job in the lead role. He’s a great singer, brings a very charismatic presence to the stage, and makes for an easy guy to sympathize with, all of which makes him absolutely perfect for the role of Bug. Denise Donovan makes her Starkid debut as the Starship Ranger February, Bug’s love interest in the show. Although I don’t love all the choices made regarding her character writing (more on that later), I think she does an admirable job making the writing she was given feel natural and engaging in the context of the show. She also has fantastic comedic timing throughout. Meredith Stepien makes their Starkid debut here as well, as Mega-Girl, and they give my favorite performance of the bunch. They steal every scene they’re in, do a fantastic job with their songs, and are just generally a delight to watch on stage. Joe Walker and Lauren Lopez are an excellent duo as Commander Up and Taz respectively, Brian Holden makes for a super fun secondary villain, and Dylan Saunders gives a performance so perfect that it makes me question whether or not he is truly a mere mortal like the rest of us. Oh and let’s not forget Brant Cox who plays Roach: his only proper role in a Starkid show to date (discounting a bit part or two in A Very Potter Senior Year). If you can’t tell, I hold Starship’s cast in very high regard.
Another extremely impressive element of this show is its puppetry. Now Starkid have always had something of a love affair with puppets, a fact that predates the very existence of the company, but this is really where things got serious. Starship features 5 or 6 spectacularly designed puppets ranging from Brant’s little hand puppet to the big fucker scorpion puppet that takes over 5 actors to properly control, as well as several other cardboard cutouts that serve as background substitutes for, you guessed it, puppets! The reason for this is that about half the show’s characters are bugs, and the team decided puppets would be more effective at portraying that than costumes, and I have to say, I think they made the right call. The puppets are colorful, vibrant, and add a wonderful extra layer to the show’s aesthetic.
The songs are, unfortunately, a decidedly mixed bag. I Wanna Be is a very strong opening led by Joey Richter and Brant Cox, Kick It Up a Notch is arguably the best villain song Starkid have ever put together, and The Way I Do is wonderfully tongue-in-cheek romantic duet. I’ll also grant that Get Back Up is a romp, even if it’s not particularly interesting from a song-writing perspective. Unfortunately, that’s really all I have in terms of positives. Life, Status Quo, and Beauty are all pretty forgettable (although the version of Status Quo sung at Homecoming was excellent), both from a composition and lyrical perspective, and they also don’t really do much to advance the plot of the show, making them simply exist as filler. Much more problematically for me, though, is that Hideous Creatures is just awful. It doesn’t have anything interesting going on lyrically or musically, it’s genuinely obnoxious to listen to, and it goes on for way too fucking long. I am very comfortable calling this the worst song Starkid have ever created, and that assessment is bolstered by Nick Lang agreeing with me.
However, the largest issue is, by far, the writing. Starship is way too long, has a fuck ton of bloat, and fails to execute upon many of the character arcs it attempts. The main story between Bug and February is competent, but none of the other characters in the show are compelling, even if the jokes surrounding them are quite amusing. None, that is, except Tootsie Noodles and Mega-Girl who, against all odds, serve as the emotional center of the show. Dylan and Meredith have fantastic chemistry together (a fact later affirmed by Twisted, and it’s just a delight watching them interact). I put Starship above HMB because it’s a bit more of a coherent show, but even though I’d argue this one is a tad better than HMB, I think B@man makes for a bit more of a rewatchable final product.
Watch Starship Here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC6A915952D67F112
15 – ANI: A Parody (2014)
The first time I saw Ani, I can’t say I really liked it. It’s less a musical than a play that has some music, and I found a large portion of the music to be kind of forgettable. However, I think that I didn’t give the show enough credit then, and it has since risen in my rankings a considerable amount after a few rewatches. In fact, even though I still find a lot of the music to be relatively underwhelming, it has some of the funniest jokes and scenes in the entire Starkid canon. Nick Lang, in particular, really gets to show off his comedic chops in his portrayal both Emperor “Pappy” Palpatine and Obi-Wan Kenobi, but I feel like calling him too much of a standout does a disservice to the other actors. There really isn’t a weak link here, although I feel like I have to give a special mention to both Brian Holden and Joe Walker, whose portrayals of Jar-Jar Binks and Moff Tarkin respectively really help to make the show.
A lot of the comedy here heavily relies on its audience being intimately familiar with the Star Wars movies, as well as a bit of the Clone Wars and Legends, and also being willing to have some fun laughing and poking fun at some of the things they love, but with that context in mind, I found the comedic writing to be quite impressive. Sure, there’s still the standard Starkid brand of low-brow humor, but they also do things with many of the characters that are funny on their own, and absolutely hysterical if you’re familiar with the source material.
I also quite like the story. It follows Darth Vader as he returns to Tatooine to enter a pod-race and try to relive his glory days. Hijinks, hilarity, and lots of jabs at the prequels ensue. It’s not an original story on its own, but it’s definitely original in the context of Star Wars. I would never have expected them to take this route, and I am so glad they did. It truly sets Ani apart from legendary parodies such as Space Balls, because it takes such a radically different route that it makes the two incomparable. Not to mention, it’s not always a pure comedy. In fact, there are several beats and scenes that have some serious emotional weight to them, particularly surrounding Brian’s portrayal of Jar-Jar.
Finally, I should mention that there are a couple songs from this show that I enjoy. Ani is an excellent opener to the show, and Haunted by the Kiss is great just for its comedic value. I also love the entire sequence that surrounds You’ve Got the Force, because I’m a sucker for a good training montage, and it being a Starkid show, this montage is goofy as all hell. I also have to give credit to the entire cast (as well as Katie Spelman, the show’s choreographer), because they all knocked the dancing out of the park.
There’s very little in Ani that I would call bad, but there are also very few storylines or character arcs that I would call great either. The show is really a series of comedic bits, some far funnier than others, all tied together by a solid, but rarely great, foundational story.
14 – The S.P.A.C.E Tour (2011)
The Starkid Precarious Auditory Concert Experience Tour (or S.P.A.C.E Tour, if you will) is pretty damn cool. It’s the first event of this nature that the group attempted to do, and I think considering that, it holds up pretty well. All the performers are clearly having a ton of fun, the setlist they draw from is very solid (especially when you remember that they only had four musicals and a web series to draw from), and the non-musical bits sprinkled throughout are awesome too.
In fact, I only have one major gripe with it. You see, instead of releasing a full concert film like they did for Apocalyptour, Starkid: Homecoming, and other concerts of a similar nature, Starkid released a concert film where, after every song, it cuts to cast interviews and behind the scenes footage that helps to provide a sense of what the tour experience felt like for the cast and crew whenever they were off stage. Now don’t get me wrong, I adore each and every member of Team Starkid, and I find interviews and behind the scenes content to be really fun to watch. But with that being said, I really wish I could get the uninterupted concert. The gimmick wears quite thin by the end, and I think the whole experience would have been better if all the BTS content was its own compilation, released separately from the actual concert.
With that being said, all of the performers do a really good job, and the show is, at the end of the day, very fun to watch. Is this the worst Starkid concert experience? Probably. But that doesn’t stop it from being worth the $10 it costs to download, and it also means that they only went up from here.
Buy The S.P.A.C.E Tour Here: https://www.teamstarkid.com/space-tour
13 – A Very Starkid Reunion (2015)
A Very Starkid Reunion has a lot going for it. It’s really fun to see a lot of the actors from the various different shows coming back, getting into costume, and performing scenes and songs from the various different Starkid musicals, and it’s super neat seeing how far a lot of them have come in terms of their singing and acting capabilities. It’s also really neat, seeing some scenes from the older shows in higher quality, especially the stuff from the Potter musicals.
Unfortunately, I’m not really a fan of a lot of the scenes they chose to recreate. Obviously Goin Back to Hogwarts is a classic, as is Different As Can Be, and I liked seeing Jeff Blim and the Rogues Gallery from Holy Musical B@man again, but the scenes they picked from Me and My Dick and A Very Potter Sequel are both quite forgettable in the grand scheme of the show, and the scene they chose to recreate from The Trail to Oregon is straight up one of the worst bits! (Not that I’m complaining about Lauren Lopez’s performance, it’s more just that they could have picked literally any other scene and it would have been more entertaining on the whole.)
With that being said, they picked one of the standout moments from Ani, as well as A Very Potter Senior Year, and any gripes I have with it are far outweighed by seeing all these legacy cast members gleefully performing scenes from shows I love. Also, they didn’t just do their main musicals! They also redid one of the funnier sketches from Airport for Birds, so if you’re not sure about whether that show’s your cup of tea, this can be a good testing ground to dip your toe in the water, if you will. This one’s a lot of fun, and I revisit it whenever I’m in the mood for a good old-fashioned nostalgia trip.
Buy A Very Starkid Reunion Here: https://www.teamstarkid.com/a-very-starkid-reunion
12 – A Very Potter Musical (2009)
I know this placement may ruffle some feathers, but I promise you that I’m not knocking A Very Potter Musical by placing it this low on my list. After all, Starkid would not exist today if it wasn’t for AVPM’s success, and I honestly think that it still holds up today. Sure, it’s filmed in 480p and much of the dialogue is kind of incomprehensible without subtitles, but the fact is, the entire show has very high quality subtitles, and it’s still really fun to watch either way. Darren Criss makes a really great Harry, Joey Richter does fantastic as Ron, and Bonnie Gruesen is equally good as Hermione. Lauren Lopez is fucking iconic as Draco, and I could go on. Devin Lytle, Joe Moses, Jim Povolo, Joe Walker, Brian Rosenthal, Dylan Saunders, Jamie Lyn Beatty, Tyler Brunsman, and the list goes on. There really isn’t a single weak link in this cast, and the characters are shockingly well-written as well.
Sure, you have to throw out most of your preconceptions about who these characters are in the canon books, but that’s no different than most fanfiction (and my blog should really tell you all you need to know about my thoughts on fanfiction), and unlike most fanfiction out there, this show outshines canon in terms of portraying the relationships between these characters in a way that’s consistent and compelling. Harry, Ron, and Hermione feel like genuine friends. They’re constantly taking shots at each other, they bicker and squabble every once and awhile, but they always have each other’s backs when it counts. Ginny gets more development in this show than canon ever gives her, just by virtue of being a prominent character from beginning to end. Dumbledore, despite delivering lines like “Malfoy, you little shit!” somehow feels more like canon Dumbledore than canon Dumbledore does, and it’s hard to exactly quantify why that is, it just kind of….is. By far the biggest improvement is Professor Snape, who is somehow both exactly how he is in canon, and also radically different to the point of being a genuinely interesting, sympathetic character. I think part of this is Joe Moses’ fucking hilarious performance, and another is just that the Lang Brothers are better at consistent character writing than JK Rowling is. This show has some kind of intangible essence to it that gives it an inherently watchable quality. Some sort of lightning-in-a-bottle that allows me to revisit it time and time again, and never not be entertained.
But by far the best part of A Very Potter Musical is its main villain. Professor Quirrell and Lord Voldemort’s relationship is perhaps the single best piece of character writing I’ve ever seen in a show before. They are as wholesome as they are hilarious, their portrayals by Brian Rosenthal and Joe Walker respectively only enhance the already spectacular writing. This part of the show has no right to be as good as it is, but….it just is. No further elaboration will be provided, go watch the show if you want to learn more.
The music in it is also outstanding. Goin’ Back to Hogwarts is a perfect opening number, establishing all the characters, their motivations, and their relationships to one another. Different As Can Be and its reprise both do wonders for character development and comedy, The Dragon Song starts off Starkid’s proud tradition of over-the-top puppetry (and using songs as stand-ins for action sequences), Granger Danger is a fantastic spin on the classic romantic duet, To Dance Again is a musical theatre fan’s wet dream come to life, Not Alone is a tender character moment between the show’s four main protagonists, Voldemort is Goin Down does a better job portraying the effects of Harry’s sacrifice than canon does, and I could fucking go on. There is so much fantastic music in A Very Potter Musical that it almost makes me want to overlook the songs in it that kind of suck. Unfortunately, I really don’t like a couple of the songs in this show. Harry is literally just a copy-pasted song from Little White Lie with slightly different lyrics, and it’s put in a key that Jamie really struggles to sing for some reason, Ginny’s Song and Cho’s Song are both funny on a first watch, but I feel like most of the comedy that they have wears thin on multiple rewatches (and the songs themselves are pretty fucking boring), and I’ve just never vibed with Missing You. Not only does this show have more effective emotional beats, but I’d argue that both of the following Potter shows have more effective second act emotional ballads.
My other two main issues with this show is that it’s too long, and some of the jokes are kind of shitty. There’s a lot of obnoxious jokes about Hermione being fat, a lot of the humor surrounding Cho Chang’s character felt dated even in 2009, and there are a lot of moments throughout that serve as harsh reminders that this was a show produced by a bunch of white guys in college. It doesn’t ruin the show, but I think the final product would be way better if it were produced today by the artists that Starkid have become over the last ten years. But honestly, its imperfect and often amateur nature is what makes it such a charming and entertaining show. If nothing else, it’s a piece of important Starkid history that shows two things. They have come a long as hell way since they first put this show on, and they were already pretty damn good to begin with.
Watch A Very Potter Musical Here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC76BE906C9D83A3A
11 – A VHS Christmas Carol Live! (2021)
I’m going to dive into A VHS Christmas Carol in a minute, and I don’t want to just repeat myself twice, but I think the live version is a tad worse than the pre-recorded version produced in 2020, because it detracts from the aesthetic of the experience. With that being said, part of that is redeemed by seeing these actors having fun performing again, so…..10 and 11 balance out and are virtually interchangeable in my ranking.
Learn About A VHS Christmas Carol Live! Here: https://www.teamstarkid.com/vhs-christmas-carol-live
10 – A VHS Christmas Carol (2020)
A VHS Christmas Carol is an enormous standout in Starkid’s trajectory, because it’s radically different from anything else they’ve ever made. It’s a visual album that they made over quarantine, that retells the story of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol through…..the synth-pop of the 1980s. It’s just over 45 minutes long, and you know what? It works really well! It’s substantially less funny than most of the other content that they’ve made, but the show makes up for that with a healthy dose of heart, and some career-defining performances by certain cast members.
First of all, James Tolbert is fucking spectacular as the Ghost of Christmas Present. He was criminally underused in Black Friday, and I hope he continues getting larger roles such as this one, because he killed it! The man has an absolutely gorgeous singing voice, and he brings a sense compassion to his performance that fits this role perfectly. Dylan is awesome as Scrooge, which is to be expected, Jamie is hilarious as the Ghost of Christmas Past, and rest of the cast kill it as well, but I have to give some love to Joey and Lauren, who come through with the two most emotionally resonant performances of the bunch. The other neat thing about this show is that, as a result of the quarantine, a lot of legacy Starkids were able to come back and contribute to this project. AJ Holmes has a great cameo as Mr. Fezziwig, Britney Coleman makes a return as Belle, and Ali Gordon gives her first Starkid performance in over a decade. Not to mention, Clark Baxtresser is front and center in this show, because he both plays the narrator and wrote all the music, and I have to say, this man is incredible. He’s had bit parts in various shows before, but after seeing this, I really hope he’s given some larger roles in future shows. The guy’s truly incredible.
All in all, A VHS Christmas Carol is a delightful and creative adaptation of a classic story. Unlike most of their shows, it’s a loving tribute to the source material instead of a parody, and it’s pulled off in a wonderful manner. I know this show is a bit harder to get your hands on than most others, but if you can, I highly recommend checking it out.
Learn About A VHS Christmas Carol Here: https://www.teamstarkid.com/a-vhs-christmas-carol
9 – Nightmare Time (2020)
Nightmare Time is fucking awesome! I was really skeptical going in, because I didn’t know what to expect from a series of six zoom readings, but it absolutely blew me away. While I didn’t (and still don’t) love the first story of the six, The Hatchetfield Ape-Man, I’ve absolutely loved every other story in the bunch. Nick Lang is a fantastic narrator, all of the actors give fucking spectacular performances, and the music that Jeff Blim composed was really good across the board.
Also can we talk about the writing? Because while I’ve always respected the Lang Brothers as writers, this has got to be their most impressive creation so far. Every story not only ties into the larger Hatchetfield lore, but also tells its own compelling character-driven story that has a strong emotional center for the audience. The standout performances have got to go to Jon Matteson and Lauren Lopez in Forever and Always, closely followed by Jeff Blim and Joey Richter in Time Bastard.
It was also really fun to see character like Professor Hidgens once again portrayed by Robert Manion, although I feel bad singling these ones out in particular, because everyone was straight up incredible. It even managed to take elements of previous Hatchetfield shows that I didn’t love, such as Bill and Alice’s father-daughter relationship in The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals, and turn it into something that I not only found compelling, but that I’m excited to see more of in future stories.
Overall, 5 out of 6 Nightmare Time stories are fantastic examples of short-form horror writing, with an absolutely banging soundtrack, and some real heart tying it all together. The Hatchetfield Apeman is aggressively mid, and would probably fall near the bottom of this list, but that only holds down this series’ overall placement a little bit. I continue to be blown away by the Hatchetfield Universe, as well as the creative team behind it.
Watch Nightmare Time Here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvep3WS9e8tQxouYOcpF9K9SKQbETuG6V
8 – The Trail to Oregon! (2014)
The Trail to Oregon, also known as the Jeff Blim extravaganza, is one of the most purely entertaining Starkid shows. It has a cast consisting of what is essentially my six favorite Starkid actors (sorry cast of Ani), and it’s just two hours of watching them play off one another, sing and dance in ridiculous ways, perform a batch of songs that are as infectious in their energy as they are patently ridiculous, and the whole thing is tied together by a story as loose as it is functional: very.
The show has an incredible opening, with both The Trail to Oregon and Independence! being fantastic tone setting songs that do a perfect job showcasing what each cast member is capable of, and although it then slows down a bit, there are very few moments in the show that I don’t find entertaining. While there are the usual Starkid dick and fart jokes that permeate most of their content, there are also some really clever and high concept running gags, such as Joey Richter playing every single non-main character to show up in the show. His various costumes are all awesome, and it’s just hilarious watching him continually showing up as just….well, everyone.
Jeff Blim is the star of the show, and his energy is as ridiculous as always. He really gets a chance to shine in some of these scenes, and while I don’t think it’s his best work that he’s done with Starkid (Hatchetfield will probably always hold that honor), I certainly don’t mind watching him perform here. He has a magnetic stage presence rivaled by very few other actors, and he really makes use of it here. The scene in which his character finally snaps and yells at the General Store Owner guy is a highlight that instantly comes to mind, but I feel like spending too much time on that would be unfair to the opening two numbers and his character’s death scene. Dysentery World is another standout.
Lauren and Joey are probably my other two favorites, and I find a lot of the jokes relating to The Son’s character land a little bit better than some of the others, but that’s not to downplay Rachel, Jamie, and Corey’s performances, because they’re very good as well.
As far as criticisms go, I’m not much a fan of The Grind or Pays to Be an Animal, mostly cause I find them musically uninteresting and also not very funny. That last bit is especially true for Pays to Be an Animal, which is really the only time I’d argue the show verges into an area that’s so distasteful it kills the mood. I think the story is a tad weak, but I’d also argue it fits the tone of the show. TTO’s priority is clearly to be funny, and the story that it has allows it to succeed far more often than it fails. It’s also a show that’s not afraid to get patently and unflinchingly strange, and although that is the case with a lot of Starkid productions, I promise that this show outshines them all. There is a scene in which Jeff Blim gets high on rattlesnake venom and tears down the Fourth Wall, there’s a scene in which Joey Richter comes out on stage dressed as a lobster, and the finale of the show features Jeff Blim performing an epic saxophone solo as Lauren Lopez gets increasingly excited by the thought of skinny dipping in Oregon. It’s a weird show, and that is why it works as well as it does.
At the end of the day, it’s undeniable that The Trail to Oregon is a sloppy production, but this is a prime example of that being why I love it so dearly. I’ve rewatched this show more than any other Starkid production not set in Hatchetfield, and even though there are several that I think are technically better than it, it’s in my top 3 shows if we’re basing the ranking purely on entertainment value.
Watch The Trail to Oregon Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxKCX-UvPrI&list=PLvep3WS9e8tTrJoVzZb5J6PsUl2nUgtnI&index=1&t=5314s
7 – A Very Potter Senior Year (2012)
A Very Potter Senior Year is a messy, all over the place finale to the Potter Musical trilogy, and I absolutely adore it. What really sets it apart from the first sequel, I think, is that this one tells its own unique story, that’s somehow both less and more reliant on the previous two shows. However, I think the ways in which it is reliant are far more genuine than A Very Potter Sequel.
AVPSY is a thematic and emotional continuation from where the first Potter musical left off, and it does so in a wonderful manner. You see, the constant fixture of Harry’s character up to this point is that he’s famous and revels in that fame. He used to be a nobody, but at Hogwarts everybody loves him, and that makes him feel awesome. So AVPSY asks the obvious question: what if someone were able to turn public perception against him? What if he lost his fame, and the larger student body started disliking him? It’s a question explored many times in canon, except in canon Harry hates his fame, so it never really impacts him. Exploring this story beat in this show not only sends Harry through the strongest emotional arc of the entire series, but it allows the Lang Brothers to do something unique with Gilderoy Lockhart. That’s right, famous wizard YA author Gilderoy Lockhart, responsible for such classics as Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson. Yeah if you couldn’t tell, they still have plenty of interesting ideas to turn canon on its head, and they’re as entertaining as ever.
I didn’t go too far into this in my sections for the other two musicals, but A Very Potter Musical is a combination of First Year, Fourth Year, and Seventh Year, and A Very Potter Sequel is a combination of Third Year and Fifth Year. so that leaves two storylines left to play with, and you better believe that the show does so masterfully. Specifically, I found the Tom Riddle flashbacks to be excellent. They’re funny when they need to be, they’re compelling when they need to be, and they tie into the larger theme of needing to let go of your past and looking to the future.
While not every song in the show is an instantly memorable classics, the ones that are good are some of the best Starkid have ever written. Everything Ends is an emotional powerhouse that truly caps the series off thematically, Goin Back to Hogwarts (Reprise) is a fan-service juggernaut of a number that still gives me chills whenever I return to it, Get In My Mouth is a fantastic showcase of what early Jeff Blim was capable of, Sidekick is the Ron Weasley solo number that canon needed, Always Dance is a fun callback to To Dance Again from the first show, and Gilderoy! is a wonderful AJ Holmes solo number. I’ve also always been quite partial to This School is Mine, a fun duet between Darren Criss and Lauren Lopez.
A Very Potter Senior Year is a very nitpick-able show, particularly in regards to its pacing, but I think its thematic strength, emotional resonance, and often cutting comedy more than make up for its deficiencies, and I consider it the best Potter musical by a fair margin.
Watch A Very Potter Senior Year Here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvep3WS9e8tRA_amclMNdVkVqNazfebXk
6 – Apocalyptour (2012)
My reason for putting Apocalyptour this high on my list is basically just that it’s fun. It features a cast of many of my favorite Starkid members (Joe Walker, Joey Richter, Lauren Lopez, Meredith Stepien, Jamie Lyn Beatty, Dylan Saunders, Brian Holden, Jim Povolo, and Brian Rosenthal), and it’s just them having a great time singing various songs from their shows. It’s also tied together by an incredibly goofy story involving Mayan Deities and the apocalypse, and features the actors in these really fun and vibrant archeologist costumes, making for an energetic and entertaining overall performance.
The show also has an absolutely fantastic setlist, with several different Medleys and an engaging order that makes sense. Some highlights include the Rogues Medley, a mashup of Not Over Yet from A Very Potter Sequel, Kick It Up a Notch from Starship, and Rogues Are We from Holy Musical B@man, the opening combination of Me and My Dick with Ready to Go, the ending mashup of Days of Summer, Goin’ Back to Hogwarts, and Finale (from Me and My Dick), and the Little White Lie Medley. But that’s not to downplay any of the other songs, because they’re all great. Sami/Harry is an awesome duet, combining two similar songs from two very different shows, Not Alone is probably the best that it has ever been, Joe Walker kills it during To Dance Again, and even though he’s no AJ Holmes, Brian Rosenthal does a pretty damn good job with Listen To Your Heart.
This show has no deep storyline, or complex thematic resonance. It’s simply a vehicle for Starkid fans to receive a very high quality version of more of what they already love, and let me tell you, I am a Starkid fan. Therefore, I adore this and rewatch it fairly often. If it weren’t for Homecoming, I’d consider this the greatest Starkid concert by a landslide. Unfortunately, it was dethroned in 2019……
Buy The Apocalyptour Here: https://www.teamstarkid.com/apocalyptour
5 – Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier (2013)
Twisted is such a fucking spectacular show. It’s a satire of the recently emerging trend of rewriting stories with the villain as a sympathetic anti-hero, as well as Disney’s lull in creating good children’s films during the 2000s, and comes together to tell a version of Aladdin in which Ja’far is a misunderstood and sympathetic, if ineffectual protagonist, and Aladdin is a sociopathic man-baby who only cares about himself and having sex with the Princess.
The first thing that must be addressed when it comes to Twisted are the unparalleled performances that the lead actors give. Dylan Saunders plays Ja’far, and Jeff Blim plays Aladdin, and I would be comfortable describing these performances as the best of both actors’ careers. Saunders, in particular, really gives this role his all, and disappears into it in a way that, while not unusual for his characters, is unparalleled in the consistency and quality of the transformation. This is also the case for Jeff Blim, which is something I found very surprising. Blim usually just kind of plays himself but slightly different, but here he really goes for acting a consistent character. I also can’t talk about Blim’s performance without talking about the “You’re the guy who killed my parents” scene, which has to be the single best piece of acting Blim has ever done with Starkid. Even taking into account that editing was used to smooth out the entire bit, it’s an insanely impressive piece of acting that never fails to grip me on rewatch.
However, I think the most impressive part of the show is its music. Twisted features a beautiful set of songs, composed by AJ Holmes and with lyrics by Kaley McMahon, that form a unique blend of sweeping Broadway orchestration in the style of Wicked and upbeat poppy tunes in the vein of Disney’s most vibrant musical numbers. Add in lyrics that are as clever as they are delightfully raunchy, and you have some of the best music Starkid has ever created. A few standouts include Twisted, A Thousand and One Nights, and No One Remembers Achmed, but there really isn’t a weak link here. These songs slap, and they slap hard.
Finally, I need to talk about this show’s writing, because it is simply incredible. Twisted not only serves as a satire of both Wicked and Aladdin, but also Disney as a company. The entire conflict of the story is a carefully crafted parody of Disney’s journey to purchasing Pixar, while also predicting Disney’s future habit of remaking their classic stories from the perspective of a sympathetic villain (and mocking the idea), and all that is just when you look at it from the comedy angle. What really makes Twisted special is that it weaves a compelling, heartfelt, and surprisingly thought provoking story in between all the ridiculous jokes. Ja’Far’s relationship with Sherrezade, his mentorship of the Princess, the difficult questions he asks himself about what it means to sacrifice one’s legacy. All of these things form the backbone that the comedy is built on, and that’s what sets this show above all the other Starkid comedies that rank below it on this list. It is the first show Starkid made that builds jokes on top of an emotional core, rather than sprinkling emotions into a structure made of pure comedy. As a result, while the jokes are certainly as funny as ever, they land even harder due to being contrasted against an undercurrent of serious thematic storytelling.
Really, my only complaint is that the Princess’ arc could have come together better by the end, but hell, it could be argued that the way her arc resolves is another piece of the Disney satire, so even that complaint kind of resolves itself. What a phenomenal show. There are many who claim this is Starkid’s “objectively best musical”, and while I think those people are pretentious twats who don’t get how analysis works, they are right that this show is spectacular.
Watch Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-77cUxba-aA&list=PLvep3WS9e8tQ6dzIOIABz0SB7_D2Bf4Ht&index=1&t=3586s
4 – Starkid: Homecoming (2019)
Starkid: Homecoming is over two hours of pure, undiluted fan service of the best possible kind. It’s a performance to celebrate 10 years of Starkid, and it’s split into two parts. Part One features a series of medleys following the reverse chronology of their non-Potter-related output, starting with The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals and ending with Me and My Dick. Part Two is over an hour of music from the Very Potter Musical Trilogy, featuring the original cast coming back together and having a blast singing some classic Starkid tunes together once more. The energy is electric, the entire cast are having the time of their lives, and it’s one of the most entertaining concerts I’ve ever witnessed.
The thing that makes Starkid: Homecoming special, besides its immensely high quality, is that the vast majority of the actors who have been in Starkid shows returned for this. Darren Criss (Harry) is there, Bonnie Gruesen (Hermione) is there, Brant Cox (Roach) is there, and the list goes on. Chances are, your favorite Starkid returned for this show, and you get to watch them perform the songs you love once more. But what really makes this whole thing work is the genuine emotion felt by the entire cast, and as a result, by the audience as well. Ten years later, the feeling that these people are just an enormous group of friends who love performing together remains intact, and it makes for a captivating show from beginning to end.
Starkid: Homecoming cannot be analyzed on any objective metric, but the fact is that this concert film made me feel more emotions than many feature films do, and that alone is an achievement. I adore it, and it’s one of the Starkid products I rewatch the most. There are certain bits (Everything Ends, Goin’ Back to Hogwarts, Not Alone) that get me every time, and that’s something special right there.
Buy Starkid: Homecoming Here: https://www.teamstarkid.com/starkid-homecoming
3 – Firebringer (2016)
Firebringer is an interesting case for me, because it’s not a show I go back to all that often. I rewatch shows like A Very Potter Musical and The Trail to Oregon far, far more often than I do this one, yet whenever I come back to it, I am once again struck by just how good this show is. It has fewer laugh out loud moments per minute compared to many of their other productions, although the jokes that do land land hard, but Firebringer brings an urgency and thematic resonance to the table that I really appreciate. The show is infused with an optimism about humanity, and although it spends a lot of its runtime viciously mocking every aspect of the human condition it can get its hands on, I think that optimism makes for a very endearing overall product. It feels like the creators recognize a lot of the problems that modern civilizations face, and by mocking the path we took to get to where we are, the Lang brothers point to some of what needs to be done moving forward.
However, a nice message isn’t enough to carry a musical, which is why I’m happy to say that Firebringer’s soundtrack slaps. It’s very stylistically different to most of Starkid’s other output, and it’s the only of their soundtracks composed by Meredith Stepien, but it does wonders to flesh out the pre-historic setting of this show. It’s driven by very unusual percussion — that often involves Bongo Drums — and has a very fluid feeling to it. It constantly shifts between genres and styles, but does so with a surprising level of grace. The lyrics are also gold from beginning to end. The perfect blend of poetry and comedy, with plenty of touching moments to go around.
It goes without saying that the cast are fantastic, but I figured I’ll list out some highlights. Joe Walker is a standout, Meredith Stepien and Lauren Lopez are great as co-leads, and the list goes on. Also, I really like the twist at the end. I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen it, but it’s pretty spectacular. If I were to quibble, I think the messaging can get a bit on the nose at times, but that’s really my only complaint. Firebringer is spectacular from beginning to end, and even though it’s not one I often rewatch, it holds up better than most others do upon multiple viewings.
Watch Firebringer Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmVuNlu0LCk&list=PLvep3WS9e8tSMnQME0oW9V4BfdFsRH_SM&index=2
2 – Black Friday (2019)
If I’m being honest, Black Friday and The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals flip back and forth between my number two and one slots fairly often, but my current feeling is that this show is just a tad inferior. But don’t take that as me saying it’s bad, because I adore this show to the moon and back.
To start, Jeff Blim outdid himself with the songwriting for this damn show. Not only are there seventeen entire songs sprinkled throughout this two hours show (more than double the number in Starship), but there is not a single one that I would dare call bad. From the opening note of the Tickle-Me Wiggly Jingle, to the closing tones of What If Tomorrow Comes, I find the entire soundtrack to be simply enthralling to listen to. Not only do the songs in Black Friday show Blim’s incredible range as a composer, but they put on display an artistic maturity that I haven’t seen from him before. Sure, there are the zaney comedic bops that we’re all familiar with (Our Doors Are Open, What Do You Say, Deck the Halls (Of Northville High), but there are also countless songs that not only display emotional depth, but also invite the audience to wallow in the lack of answers the show provides regarding the societal questions it raises. Even when comedy is present, such as Made in America, there exists a certain weight in the lyricism and composition that most other Starkid shows lack, and I really appreciate this attempt at taking a concept a bit more seriously. Not to mention, some of these tracks are capable of hitting hard in the feels. Black Friday, If I Fail You, What If Tomorrow Comes, and Monsters and Men are all extremely resonant songs that go a level beyond being insanely catchy and fun to listen to.
I don’t want it to sound like I’m putting other Starkid projects down, because I’m absolutely not. I adore this company and the batshit insane comedies it so lovingly produces. All I’m saying is that I personally find this slightly more serious tone to be refreshing, and it causes Black Friday to stand out from the crowd in a very positive way. If I had to pick a weak link in the songs, it would probably be either Wiggle or Do You Want to Play, but that’s less a condemnation of either of those songs, and more a commentary on just how good the rest of the soundtrack is in comparison.
Besides the songs, Black Friday also has a very strong, yet occasionally flawed story at its core. It follows an almost completely new cast of characters, all with their own distinct goals and motivations, and places them in a scenario in which they have to survive a drawn out murderous standoff involving brainwashing, religious extremism, cults, supernatural deities, and more. The most compelling of the characters is probably Lex Foster (played by new cast member Angela Giarratana), whose devotion to her younger sister Hannah (played by new cast member and verified child prodigy Kendall Nicole) makes her instantly likable and endearing, although I don’t mean to knock Tom Houston either. Not only is it awesome seeing Dylan Saunders be in a proper Starkid production once again, but I think his devotion to his son, mixed with his PTSD and inability to cope with the guilt stemming from the loss of his wife makes him a very empathetic and complex character. Becky Barnes (played by new cast member Kim Whalen) is a bit less interesting, but I think the Lang Brothers provide a solid foundation that they successfully build upon during future Hatchetfield stories. The unfortunate result is that the emotional impact of the scene surrounding the song Take Me Back is completely undercut, and that’s my biggest gripe with the play, but that’s genuinely the only proper issue I have with the show. Finally, I can’t talk about Black Friday’s characters without giving some time to the four villains of the show: Linda Monroe played by Lauren Lopez, Wiggly played by Jon Matteson, Sherman Young played by Jamie Lyn Beatty, and Uncle Wiley played by Joey Richter. While Linda is the only one who is properly developed, I can honestly say that all four make for fucking spectacular antagonists. In fact, they all have a place in my top ten favorite Starkid villains list. Joey in particular knocks it out of the fucking park as Uncle Wiley, channeling that over-the-top insanity he embodied in The Trail to Oregon into a truly spine-tingling and sinister performance that had me on the edge of my seat whenever he was on screen. Lauren Lopez also gives a performance that serves as a highlight in her acting career, although I do recognize that 95% of her Starkid roles fit that description, so that’s a tad less significant than it may sound. Jeff Blim also plays several roles throughout the show, the most notable of them being Man in a Hurry: a fan favorite character from The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals, and one of the most important players in the Hatchetfield universe. Oh yeah he also plays MacNamara again, and sings two incredible songs, and has some of the most badass character moments in Starkid history, but that’s just Blim’s average Tuesday, so nothing to really see there.
Look at the end of the day, I understand that Black Friday is a bit messy, but leave me alone, ok? Most of my favorite Starkid shows are messy, and this one has a thematic ambition that I respect the ever-living hell out of. Combine that with some of my favorite music, set pieces, actors, and characters in Starkid history, and you bet your ass this show will come tantalizingly close to the number one slot.
Watch Black Friday Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bqt4_tHLSB4&list=PLvep3WS9e8tTVTcY2aAeIw9-HAQPIVshO&index=1&t=195s
1 – The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals (2018)
The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals is definitely not a flawless show, but it is one that never ceases to be singularly entertaining. From the opening frame to that final gag early on in the credits, this show sucks me into its world in a way very few pieces of media have ever achieved. It has eleven songs with music and lyrics by Jeff Blim, and together they form a soundtrack that I have listened to in full hundreds of times since this group were introduced to me.
I generally try to hold off from fanboying too hard in my reviews, because I find it to be unhelpful in discovering the potential quality of whatever happens to be the subject of discussion when others do it. So with that in mind, I am going to point out that I already ranked all the songs in The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals, and have attempted to review the show three times now, and each time given up because I cannot form coherent thoughts on it. I have six different favorite songs, and when asked to pick a least favorite, my brain melts out of my ears.
As I’ve already lavished praise on most of this show’s cast, I’ll take this moment to single out three. Corey Dorris has been with Starkid since the Me and My Dick days, and this is where he finally gets to shine. His performance during Not My Seed is heartbreaking, and his comedic timing is on point. Mariah Rose-Faith was a new cast member, and she is as beautiful as she is talented. She fucking owns the stage whenever she’s present, and Starkid are lucky as hell to have found her. Trust me, they were lucky, she quickly got cast in a professional musical after finishing her run with the show. Jon Matteson is the star of the show, and I was shocked by how much I like him. Not only does he have a really beautiful singing voice, but he’s one of the funniest actors Starkid have picked up in years, and that’s a field with some stiff as hell competition.
So yeah, The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals is my favorite Team Starkid show, and it will likely remain that way for a very long time.
Watch The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrxKX44qBJ0&list=PLvep3WS9e8tT6LTBGLxnsoHxEGuoqtcSO&index=1
Thank you to anyone and everyone who took the time to read through all of that, I’m well aware that it was….a lot, to put it mildly. Keep an eye out for more review/ranking content coming soon, because I do want to get back into the groove of semi-regularly making content for all of you to enjoy.
Written Between 03/01/2022 and 03/13/2022