A new off-Broadway musical based on a campy sci-fi classic puts the “opera” back in space opera — apparently. If Xanadu can do it, why not The Last Starfighter?
According to SciFi.com:
Even to its ardent defenders, the movie version of The Last Starfighter has always played like a low-rent version of Star Wars, with a thinner, more maudlin story, inferior special effects and a production design no more convincing than the original Star Trek’s. The genius of this new adaptation lies in its recognition that these apparent weaknesses are really strengths when translated to the musical stage. It’s easier, for instance, to accept that all the trailer park’s residents will show up to cheer a kid playing an arcade game when they’re singing a musical number.
Director Peter Dobbins takes full advantage of his enthusiastic cast, spare sets and limited props to created a world where classic Broadway and space opera collide. A delirious array of aliens are suggested using no more than gloves, headgear and jumpsuits. Skillful lighting and sound effects combine to evoke everything from the illusion of a fiery car crash to spaceships flying at high speeds through a field of stars. And most of the songs by Skip Kennon can hold their own with anything playing around the corner on Broadway.
Read the full review here:
The Last Starfighter: A New Musical