Smash Mouth musical praised, despite only using song All Star

  • 13/10/2018
Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell.
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A musical based entirely around the song 'All Star' by Smash Mouth has received praise on opening, despite only using one song.

All Star: The Best Broadway Musical, manages to weave lines from the song throughout the entire four-act play, and reviewers say it really works.

The play centres on small town girl Sadie as she dreams of leaving her home town of Nash South to audition for American All Star, a fictional American Idol-style show.

Smash Mouth weren't too keen on the idea, but gave permission for their song to be used after hearing from writer and actress Allison Frasca.

Polygon reviewer Siddhant Adlakha said Frasca managed to fit lines from the song throughout the entire play at key moments, some of them serious and some not.

And while it may not seem like a great idea on the surface the cast's commitment to the joke helped pull it off.

"All Star: The Best Broadway Musical sounds like the dumbest idea on planet, but I'll be damned if every single member of its cast wasn't committed to the gimmick," he said.

Adlakha only attended a read-through and he's hopeful the show will soon become a full production.

"Per the reading and its ambitious stage directions, a fully realised production of All Star: The Best Broadway Musical would involve dream sequences, TV screens and interpretive dance ghosts, so I hope to heck people give it a shot and investors get on board," he said.

"It seems like a blast of unfiltered joy, something in short supply these days."