It’s always so much fun to work on these shows and try new things. One of my very favorite things to do are these big, ridiculous spoofs.
The Story Behind “Hello”
For a few years, we have so desperately wanted to spoof the Book of Mormon song “Hello” as a homage to trick-or-treating as a kid. It never seemed to come together. I mean, we had this idea in 2011 when the musical cast album was released. But I just could not get it together. I mean, we have done song spoofs in the shows for years. I think the first was to David Powter’s “Bad Day” as “Bad Gay”, shaming celebrities who stay in the closet. And that was probably in 2006. But we had never done a big choral spoof. And it proved to be very challenging.
And then, a few years ago, something kind of serendipitous happened and two people came into my life – Que Jones AKA Gretta Goodbottom and Terrence Brown. Terrence is this force of incredible energy who dabbled in community theater and performance before he found his way to West Family productions. He mentioned wanting to sing in a show. I hadn’t really thought about that or how it would work, but it pushed me to want to do it. So, Patricia Taylor and I wrote Heels of Horror 8: Dead Air, where we tried live singing onstage in our “radio show” telling of the headless horseman. It went off well, with some minor tech difficulties. We used multiple voices on stage. IT COULD BE DONE! Now, how could this be done with a huge sound? Enter Que, a musical savant who is so incredibly talented. He wrote sheet music, gave us rehearsal times, and opened the door to recording studios. He worked his magic. And he allwoed us to do this big chorus Broadway songs. Our first was a spoof of “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” and then we did a spoof of Hamilton’s “The Schuyler Sisters”. That immediately put “Hello” back on the table and we began to work. Below is the final show product. I know we are in a different holiday season, but I hope you enjoy this.
The Story of “SCIENTOLOGY”
What can I say? I love Leah Remini. And I am terrified of Scientology. So, why not write a spoof about it? Set to Paula Abdul’s “Vibeology” (my favorite lyric in any song of all time may just be “horny horns!”), this spoof almost wrote itself. Enjoy.