Hurt Locker, the (fake) musical

The audience at the recent Broadway premiere of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" found playbills beneath their seats for a completely different production, "Hurt Locker: The Musical."

However, there is no musical stage version of The Hurt Locker (nor any stage version of it at all). The fake musical was the creation of Hedwig's producers. The NY Daily News explains:

"Hedwig" is being performed at the Belasco Theatre — and to maintain the illusion of a late-night one-off show by an East-German transgender pop-rocker — producers littered the floor with Playbills from a show that opened and closed on the same night. Enter "Hurt Locker" Fauxbills.

Actually, Hurt Locker doesn't sound that implausible as a musical, given some of the unlikely musicals that actually have been produced, such as Strunk & White's Elements of Style (the musical), or Thalidomide (the musical).

Another fake musical that I've recorded here on the site was Mars Attacks: The Musical, which was an April Fool's Day hoax back in 2012.

Below are some of the pages from the playbill created for the Hurt Locker musical. I like the titles of the musical numbers, such as "Your Body is The Bomb (Literally)". Also worthy of note is the fake ad for a bar of gold that appeared at the end of the playbill. The full playbill can be seen at the Playbill Vault.


Posted on Sat Apr 26, 2014


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