Pop Up Musical, by Mix Tapes, is a fun musical review for the whole family. A quartet of singers sing classic show tunes while the rest of the cast adds commentary with cue cards, a la VH1’s Pop-Up Video series. For example, during Jennifer Eckes’ soulful rendition of “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors, we learn the random fact that Kleenex™ is a proprietary eponym. During Judi Gronseth and Timm Holmly’s sweet rendition of Edelweiss, we get pop-ups documenting Christopher Plummer’s true feelings about The Sound of Music. The concept is cute and silly, the show is light and fun, and the able singers make the Rarig Xbox feel like a cozy cabaret.
The only thing that was missing for me was live musical accompaniment. As Gronseth sang in her moving “Send In the Clowns”-well maybe, next year? How about Pop Up Musical 2 at the 2013 Minnesota Fringe Festival? I’d like to hear Eckes sing “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from the balcony. It can’t hurt to ask!