Bingo Fever Reaches the Stage!
“Bingo,” a musical comedy, tells the story of three pals who play Bingo, displaying all the unique traits of Bingo lovers, from competitiveness to Troll dolls. The three used to make a foursome, but an argument 15 years ago cut the fourth person from the group. The musical frequently takes the audience back in time to clear up what happened long ago. The three main characters have their own strong character traits to set the stage. One of the characters hates to lose, one brings along all her ritual Bingo novelties, which include stuffed animals and Troll dolls, and the third goes through men like Bingo cards. The musical begins with all three driving in a downpour. They would rather die than miss their weekly game of Bingo.
Double the Fun with Bingo Galore!
As with every game of Bingo, there is a host and a caller, who are doing double duty. The hostess is also the competitive player who doesn’t want to lose, and the caller is actually two callers, one in the present and one in the past. The musical follows the game and shows the intimacy of friendships and dedication to the game. The musical is also interactive – three real Bingo games are played by the audience and one of the characters harasses a couple because they stole her seat. The audience even has a chance of winning cash.
A portion of the Bingo music lineup is “Girls Night Out,” “I Still Believe In You,” “Under My Wing,” “Gentleman Caller,” “Swell,” “B4” and “Finale.” Several tunes are loaded with comedy. Two of the main characters were hailed in a review as “powerful singers.” Reviewed by publications, the lyrics have been described as “Bouncy,” “Catchy,” and “Peppy.” The cast has delivered excellence before in musicals like “Mamma Mia!”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Les Miserables” and “Phantom of the Opera.” “Bingo” the musical can be seen in major cities across the United States. It was also performed internationally.
Bingo Musical Genius!
Three authors are credited for the musical. “Bingo” is the second musical for the main writer, and did extremely well in Off Broadway productions. His first song was “Throw That Girl Around” for the musical “Swing!” It received a Grammy nomination and an award for Best New Work. A second author also wrote “Scott Free,” a sitcom bought by Paramount Pictures. The third author was part of the Broadway production “Titanic,” along with “Mamma Mia!”
“Bingo” is very funny right down to the props – its director made sure he projected the characters to their full comedic potential. One review of “Bingo” was sure the director choreographed certain scenes simply to make the audience laugh. The characters are dressed ridiculously colorful – sweaters, tasteless broaches and even a low-cut, cleavage showing dress for the player that loves men. The stage is set for Bingo, with the caller’s table, large Bingo numbers in the background, and in one production, a tiled floor like you might find in a common Bingo hall. In California, the audience was asked about the show afterward. Ticket purchasers said the musical was funny, the acting fantastic, it was fun and they loved it. One woman held $12 in her hand because her escort won it in the interactive game.