You don't have to be a Hobbit fan to appreciate this good-humored musical spoof of The Lord of the Rings, although familiarity does help. Under Joel McCrary's direction, with musical direction by Gary Stockdale, a multitalented ensemble sings, dances and exuberantly cavorts around a tiny proscenium, parodying the tale about an odd band of hobbits, elves and fairies on a quest to rescue the world from evil. Frodo (Cory Rouse), the pivotal hobbit hero, is an absent-minded fellow and the object of the not-so-secret lust of his rotund and swishy sidekick, Sam (a hilarious Peter Allen Vogt). The camped-up rivalry between Legolas (Kelly Holden-Bashar), an outsized elf, and Gimli (Lisa Fredrickson), a fierce macho dwarf, lays the foundation for more uproarious laughs. First performed in 2005, the show's gags (book by McCrary and Holden-Bashar) remain fresh and the performers' delivery sharp. The lyrics (credited to the ensemble) are clever, although some lines are lost to poor acoustics. McCrary does a terrific job coordinating the nine-person ensemble in the cramped space, with puppetry and a drop-down screen charting the plot's quirky progression. The music is by Allen Simpson, with percussionist Chris Kirshbaum's drums underscoring the comedy. Trepany House at Steve Allen Theatre, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri., 8 & 11 p.m.; through June 29. (323) 666-4268, fellowshipthemusical.com.
Fridays, 8 & 11 p.m. Starts: April 6. Continues through June 29, 2012