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The 11 O'Clock Number! An Improvised Musical

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The appeal of this improvisational show is to witness a group of young ad-libbers whipping up, on the spot, a worthy 11 o’clock number, the show-stopping song that climaxes the most successful musical.

It’s a lot to expect and although the ambitious six-member Edmonton collective generally amused through much of its one-hour impromptu comedy, the songs were the weakest part. The five performers, backed by a versatile keyboardist, struggled with finding appropriate lyrics for a storyline based on an audience member who was a school principal playing on a baseball team called the No-Stars. There was a lot of repeating the same line as the makeup artists attempted to sing a fitting line that might earn a laugh. Musical master Stephen Sondheim probably couldn’t do it either.

The rest of the improv was entertaining, but not up to the standard set in a town full of exceptional off-the-cuff comedians.

— Kevin Prokosh

From the Fringe program:

Director: Byron Martin

Ever wonder what your life would be like if it were a musical? If you burst into song when you first fell in love or had a chorus of backup tap dancers for your show-stopping finale?

Grindstone Theatre presents a fully improvised musical based on YOU, the audience. Full of zany dance numbers, intriguing plot twists and hilarious songs, this is an improv show you won't want to miss!

"A hell of a lot of fun!" - Vue Weekly

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

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