Composer-lyricist Kevin Fry’s delightfully campy horror musical, based on Roger Corman’s 1962 gore-fest The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, is not only enjoyable on the level of Midnight Theater excess, it’s a quick-witted show by any standard. Its catchy score and clever, bloodthirsty lyrics are in the style of Little Shop of Horrors. And how can you not love a musical that features a severed head warbling songs of love and hatred?
Paul Birchall – LA Weekly
Perhaps the best thing about HEAD: THE MUSICAL is that the director and performers don’t play everything for camp value. Oh, the show is plenty campy, but that quality comes out of the sincerity with which the story is told, and the material delivered. The movie on which this show is based is a camp goldmine, but only because it’s played so straight. This stage adaptation succeeds in a similar way.
George Oakley – Culture Mob
All kidding and punstering aside, HEAD, THE MUSICAL (or as it’s also billed, “EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAVENS!”—A Symphony of Horror) is a darned good show. Based on the old Chiller Theater classic, THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE, HEAD’s twelve song and dance numbers are sexy and upbeat, and make for a slam bang good time of a show.
Robert Axelrod – Reviewplays
All and all the show was great fun and worth seeing. With some re-tooling it has the potential to reach the cult status of some of its predecessors.
Christina Hulen – LA Examiner
“Head, the Musical,” is so bad it’s good. And I mean that in a good way: that’s exactly what The Met Theatre is aiming for in this it’-so-silly-it’s-funny, cult-classic-styled production. It’s good for some fun song-and-dance routines, and it’s good for a laugh.
Laurel Belgreen – Socal.com
AMATEUR MUSICAL ABOUT AMATEUR SCIENTIST RECEIVES AMATEUR PRODUCTION.
Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema
Robert Shaw provides crisp musical direction, while Paul Koslo’s clever, uncluttered set makes the most of the small venue, assisted by Alicia Ziff’s atmospheric lighting. Prim souls may be disconcerted by the relentless vulgarity, but at the performance attended, an enthusiastic audience was eating it up.
Neal Weaver – Backstage
Met Theatre, 1089 Oxford St., Hlywd; Fri., 9 p.m., Sat., 8 and 10:30 p.m.; thru Dec. 12. (323) 960-5770.
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