All boundaries go up in smoke and hilarity is high at the Seattle Premiere of the new “hit” musical: REEFER MADNESS!
The year is 1936: FDR is in the White House, Duke Ellington is playing the Jazz Clubs; Gone with the Wind sits on everyone’s nightstand and Our Gang plays on the goggle box. The unsuspecting nation sleeps easy while a leafy green assassin lurks in the shadows, feeding on America’s seedy underbelly of filth and degradation. Marihuana is that assassin: a violent narcotic, and unspeakable scourge; the real public enemy number 1! REEFER MADNESS: THE MUSICAL depicts the tale of Jimmy Harper, an exemplary, upstanding lad tragically ravaged and twisted into a hedonistic and murderous weed fiend as the reefer seduces him into a world filled with sadistically wild orgies, junkie zombies, homicide, and the devil himself!
In 1936, a small church group produced a movie to warn of the ‘real-life effects’ that marijuana has on America’s innocent youth entitled Tell Your Children! The full-feature film exposes the most typical side-effects of pot, including the tendencies to engage in orgies, rape, homicide, and suicide. Two years later, exploitation guru Dwain Esper bought the rights for $297, added scenes with scantily-clad women, and re-edited some of the original footage to be more implicative of drug-induced sexual aggressiveness; he also re-titled the film to REEFER MADNESS! Sixty-Five years later, Dan Studney (Composer, TV: Weird Science, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, projects with Matt Groening) and Kevin Murphy (Lyricist, Co-Executive Producer, Desperate Housewives) were inspired to put the original script on stage, decked-out with boundary-crossing propaganda and raucous stereotypes, fueled with hatred for exploitative political fear tactics; All held together by a glorious ‘Big-Broadway-Musical’ score.
CAUTION: REEFER MADNESS is a highly stylized and satirical political commentary. It contains adult humor, religious parody, drug use, as well as suggested violence and sexual explicitness.
It may prove too shocking for some audiences!