A few months ago, my multi-talented friend Bryan Cain posted that his musical improv team was having auditions. Looking for a performance outlet to couter-balance my time with Laughter for a Change, I went out for it...and subsequently discovered an outstanding group of unique, hilarious performers working to perfect an incredibly fun art form - Musical Improv.
Our team, Robot Teammate + The Accidental Party, has been rehearsing and performing ever since, achieving a degree of success on the main stage over at iO West at their Monday night Cherry Crush matches. We've won audience favorite for the past 11 weeks - a really rad feat, if I do say so myself!
So what makes the improv musical, you ask? Well, we begin with an audience suggestion from which we improvise a brand-new, never before seen musical theatre piece, including music, melody, lyrics, choreography and a multi-act story structure. Our accompanist, Shawn Grindle, plays the keys, and we somehow manage to bust out something coherent. The audience suggestion can be abstract (My Asymmetrical Face) or more, um, straight forward (The Hairiest Balls in Japan, anyone?).
As a long-time improvisor and a life-long singer, I am obsessed with the form, and still pretty shocked at what a perfect combination of all my favorite things Musical Improv is. How could I have missed this all these years?!
Our next show is Monday, Oct 22 at 10pm at iO West. Details are all here - and watch one of our shows below!