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Bronies: The Musical

musicals and operas · oddbird theatricals · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States

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STEVEN STANLEY certified reviewer June 23, 2014
Little did the creators of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic realize when the animated TV series first aired in 2010 that in addition to its target demographic (little girls), “unicorn pony” Twilight Sparkle and her fellow equine friends would soon become the object of obsession of a whole new group of fans—the grown men we now call “bronies,” i.e. bros who love ponies. Composer Joe Green and book-&-lyrics writers Heidi Powers and Tom Moore, the folks you brought you last year’s Real Housekeepers Of Studio City, go that Hollywood Fringe Festival favorite one better with the full-length, song-packed, plot-driven musical delight they call Bronies: The Musical, directed with verve by Ryan Bergmann and choreographed with flair by assistant ... full review
KIMBERLY FOX certified reviewer June 23, 2014
First: Go. Second: thank you. I learned a lot (prior to seeing this show I had no idea what a "Bronie" was…other than the Wiki search I did, so I was semi-clued in.) Now I get it, and think I got bronie contact high the night I saw it. I must admit, it took a minute for my "irony meter" to calm down and realize this wasn't "a making fun of" show…it was true, "sincere love of" show. Wow. That's like finding a perfect cupcake in the bottom of your messy purse. Seems impossible…but so exciting. It's like a miracle, and you feel instantly hopeful and special and happy. Third: Many wonderful performances--so big bro-hoof bumps to everyone. But must call out my fav's: loved the pony girl quartet (yummy!), loved Kurt Koehler as t... full review
CINDY KALIONZES certified reviewer June 08, 2014
tagged as: hilarious · heartwarming · funny · geek
Hilarious and heartwarming! Short of giving you a play-by-play on the plot, that pretty much sums it up. The story is relatable to members of all geekdoms, though there are a few jokes in there specifically aimed at Bronies in attendance. I really enjoyed this show and hope the producers take it beyond the festival, because it could certainly play beyond the festival format in larger houses.... full review
DANIEL JOHNSON cinesnatch.blogspot.com certified reviewer June 08, 2014
Bronies is that rare show that knows exactly what it is. The show moves along swiftly, but never at the expense of character or story. A fantastic cast, strong original music, and a jizz joke. What more could you ask for? I've been singing "Sad Trombone all night."... full review
JEREMY JUNG certified reviewer June 08, 2014
tagged as: MLP · Bronies · musical · awesome · 20% cooler.
I had the great pleasure of attending the first performance of the show, with several fellow bronies here in SoCal, and I must say, that we all had a great time, and came away with a great impression of this show. It is a wonderful performance, featuring great writing and songs, and performed by a small but very dedicated cast of local actors who are clearly passionate about their craft. Bronies: The Musical tackles some real issues that might hit very close to home for some, and it manages to address all of these topics with clever wit and delivery, and always does so with a wonderful sense of positivity and optimism. Bronies: The Musical does a great job of sincerely depicting the reasons and motivations behind why so many have bee... full review
KATIE POWELL certified reviewer June 08, 2014
tagged as: Bronies · musical · comedy
I absolutely loved this show. Bronies: The Musical tackled many of the issues "nerds" of any fandom go through and fearlessly presented themes such as bullying, acceptance and gender stereotypes. Although the show was a little slow and nervous at the beginning, when the plot really got going I was captivated and invested in each character's development and struggles. The writing was fantastic and littered with laughs, most that catered to the entire audience and a slight few geared towards Bronies in particular. The acting was phenomenal. The entire cast was very truthful and honest, and the actors had a great energy and chemistry between one another. The three leads (Tyler, Austin and Jacob) were especially powerful and showed a great ra... full review
JENNIE SLOAN certified reviewer June 09, 2014
I'm not a Pony fan myself so I was curious to see just how much of this show would relate to others. Turns out the focus here isn't My Little Pony, it's fandom itself, which these days covers such a broad range that nearly anyone can relate. The basic story of a nerd getting bullied at high school is just the beginning, as each character comes into their own to show other angles and layers, from vets to noobs, from those that are proud representatives of their passions to those that hide behind screennames. Each song moves the story forward in clever, surprising ways. I've been through all the stages given here, of feeling lonely, finding community on the internet, making the leap to real world interactions, and coming into my own as... full review
JAMIE CORP certified reviewer June 09, 2014
This show is 100% FUN! I haven't even watched the cartoon, but now I want to start. The music put you in the show from beginning to end. With lots of laughs and lots of talent this show is a MUST SEE!!!!... full review
COREY LYNN HOWE certified reviewer June 25, 2014
I love this show. I love this show so much, I've seen it multiple times! It's a great show with an awesome message and just an overall feel-good vibe. Great work to everyone involved!... full review
AMY CABRANES certified reviewer June 26, 2014
tagged as: musical comedy
I was hesitant when I heard about Bronies: The Musical. I have no interest in toys, ponies, horses, or boys who like those things. What I discovered instead was an entertaining moral parable about the dangers of excluding people who don't fit in. The production was entirely professional - lights, costumes, set...Composer Joe Greene and Lyricists Heidi Powers & Tom Moore created songs which were amusing, catchy and memorable. The cast was top notch with stellar voices, particularly Cindy Sciacca as the Pink Pony and Leigh Golden as the White Pony. Mother/Son Duo Gabby Sanalitro and Mark Gelsomini brought the house down with their excellent comic timing. I urge everyone to see this Musical before Fringe ends.... full review