This New Musical is What Happens When You Combine Stranger Things and Michael Jackson

Way better than mixing <em>House of Cards</em> with Journey
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Stranger Things: The Musical Tribute is a funny, music-filled retelling of the first season of Stranger Things. The hit Netflix series returns for a second season on Friday, October 27, so allow this version to refresh your memory of the show’s supernatural storyline—with a dash of 1980s pop style.

The musical was created by Conor Hanney, author of the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival hit Divorce: The Hip-Hop Musical, and it features an original score composed by Lee Huff. According to Hanney, the 75-minute musical isn’t as scary as the show. Instead, he says, “Expect to laugh. It’s not a parody by any means, but the songs are all comedic.”

Huff’s score drew inspiration from the 2016 movie Sing Street, which was set in 1987 and included new songs that were written to sound retro. “We utilized that model, and have 12 original songs inspired by the sounds of 1983,” Haney says. “We have songs that sound like they could be a Eurythmics song, or could be Men at Work, or Michael Jackson, David Bowie, or Bonnie Tyler.”

Catch a performance of the limited-run show on Tuesday nights in October at El Cid (4212 W. Sunset Blvd). Doors open at 7 p.m, and showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $30, and there is a two-item minimum per guest.

If you’re more into the music that actually appeared in the show, the duo behind the award-winning soundtrack, SURVIVE, will be performing the music of Stranger Things at the Theater at Ace Hotel on November 8.

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