The Ballad of Nellie Oleson
Remember last year's Are You There God? It's Me, Karen Carpenter, the musical spoof that used Judy Blume's '70s coming-of-age book set to the Carpenters' music? Writer-director Dane Whitlock has done it again, this time integrating the decade's classic TV series Little House on the Prairie with top karaoke tunes. Little House on the Prairie-Oke! takes particular inspiration from the episode in which heroine Laura Ingalls falls in love with her future husband, Almanzo Wilder -- but not before arch-nemesis Nellie Oleson and her scheming mom try to get their hooks into him first. Almanzo is played by British musical theater actor (and former American Idol contestant) Tom Lowe, and Laura is played by Libby Baker. But who cares about Half-Pint? It's all about the town meanie, played by Drew Droege -- better known to anyone who's wasted precious work hours on YouTube as the star of those "I'm Chloe Sevigny" videos. Droege will be bringing Nellie's petticoat and blond sausage curls to life, while the rest of the fine folk of Walnut Grove sing and dance to "Call Me Maybe," "Love Shack," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "Don't Stop Believin'." It's always more fun to root for the bad girl.
Fridays, Saturdays, 9 p.m. Starts: April 5. Continues through April 20, 2013
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