In an ideal world, the crushworthy new Off-Broadway pop musicalThe Mad Ones would be poised to be the next big thing, Dear Evan Hansen-style. It's about a high school senior who loses her best friend in a car crash right when she needs her the most...so bring tissues! This is one of those shows where you're already thinking about how you want to see it again before they even finish performing the opening number.
5 Reasons It's A Dream Come True
1. It's women-centric. It tells the story of a young woman in a time when women's voices deserve to be amplified more than ever. This show passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors with three of the four characters being female, and a relationship with a man being only a subplot. The Mad Ones is up in here smashin' that patriarchy!
2. The music. Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk write relevant and contemporary musicals with radio-ready songs that can simultaneously sound like a Katy Perry cotton candy banger and the most heartbreaking ballad about the fragility of the human condition that you've ever heard at the same time. This is one hundred percent a show you walk out of fiending to devour the cast recording all day, err'day!
3. Krystina Alabado. Holy moly. She is, quite simply, a miracle on stage. After standing out in the ensembles of last year's Lazarus (written by David Bowie) and Broadway's American Pyscho, you get to watch Krystina arrive as a bona fide leading lady in The Mad Ones. She barely leaves the stage during the entire 100-minute show and you'll be so glad she doesn't. Her acting skills are off the charts and her voice can go from a silken high note to a Idina Menzel-style belt like *that*. Expect multiple Tony Awards and general megastardom from this vision of musical theater perfection. Hashtag swoon!
Photos: Richard Termine
4. Emma Hunton. Say hello to your new dream best friend! Every single deadpan line she delivers and delicious note she sings is better than the one before it. Her performance has Best Supporting Actress in a Musical written all over it.
5. Stephen Brackett's direction. Stephen directed The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (ahem) and Be More Chill (ahem, again) and has now worked his magic on The Mad Ones. He has a knack for taking teenage angst and sadness and making it super relatable and painless for an older audience that doesn't necessarily want to remember that terrible age. His staging is brilliantly simple, letting the energetic performances shine.
Trust us, you'll be saying yes, yes, and more yes to The Mad Ones.
Runs through December 17.