The Sunday Scaries are upon us once again! Yes, as the weekend concludes, most of us feel an oncoming sense of anticipatory dread about the week ahead. Anxiety about work manifests itself into a feeling that’s known as the Sunday Scaries. However, we at Awards Radar are here to combat that, by taking back the name. Now, we want you think about a horror-centric piece on the site when you hear the term. So, let us continue on with another installment of the Awards Radar Sunday Scaries! Today, we’re going to Broadway (well, off-Broadway) for a musical parody of a favorite horror franchise…
Last night, I went to see Saw: The Musical. Yes, Saw has an unauthorized parody that’s opening in New York City today, right after Saw X has hit theaters (my review of the film is here). It’s no secret that I love the franchise, so this was a must-see for me. Credit to our own Myles Hughes for putting the show on my radar, too. What did I think? Find out below.
The show puts a comedic queer bent on the first movie. So, not only are Dr. Lawrence Gordon and Adam attempting to get out of the bathroom that John Kramer / The Jigsaw Killer has put them in, they’re singing about their feelings for each other. It’s funny, raunchy, and has some genuine affection for the series. The combination works so much better than you’d expect, too.
This is the synopsis, via the show’s website (here):
SAW The Musical: The Unauthorized Parody of Saw premieres Off-Broadway Fall 2023 in New York after its smash out-of-town tryout in Philadelphia last year! One of the most thought-provoking horror films of all time now is…a musical. SAW The Musical hilariously captures the events of the first movie, parodying the Saw that started it all, following from where Lawrence Gordon and Adam Stanheight find each other for the first time in the bathroom trap. Will they follow “the rules” as they discover each other’s secrets? Will they escape the game in time and saw right through? A love story with fluidity (and lots more fluids), SAW The Musical: The Unauthorized Parody of Saw is Little Shop of Horrors meets Avenue Q , pushing the boundary on sexuality and how to love.
The best parts here are a few of the musical numbers, as well as the surprising dirtiness of it all. They get a lot of mileage out of Adam and Dr. Gordon lusting after each other from across the bathroom. With only three performers (Danny Durr, Jill Owen, and Adam Parbhoo) splitting the half dozen or so roles, there’s some real fun had during the costume/set changes. It has a very DIY vibe, though the bathroom production values are actually impressive. There’s lots of liberties taken, but plenty of homage as well.
I do hope that other horror properties try this. I saw a parody of The Silence of the Lambs about a decade ago that I really enjoyed. There’s so much untapped potential here. This particular parody opted to go a very specific route with it, but Saw or otherwise, there are many avenues to take in lovingly taking the piss out of something.
Overall, Saw: The Musical is well worth seeing for any NYC based horror fans. Especially if you have a soft spot for Saw, or just offbeat musicals, there’s plenty to dive into here. It’s ridiculous and will make you smile a ton. It showed me a real good time on a Saturday night, so kudos!
Stay tuned for another Sunday Scaries installment next weekend!