Broadway is taking a risk—on a musical about insurance.
“Insurance: The Musical” opens this week in New York right after a successful tryout final September in Hartford. It is Broadway’s first musical exploration of the home/casualty insurance coverage industry, in accordance to Broadway historians.
It’s no Lion King but it’s surprisingly entertaining. It is like Mama Mia meets West Side Story meets C.S.I. with plenty of greed, corruption, sex, bureaucracy and dancing.
The plot revolves close to a group of lawyers and physicians who stage auto accidents for insurance income. They personal a number of health-related clinics and auto physique outlets.
2 ambitious insurance coverage company investigators are onto them and determined to break-up their fraud ring.
The drama commences with the sounds and smells of a auto crash and sirens off-stage the curtain then rises to reveal the scene of devastation and damage. Following the rescue and clean-up operations, 2 insurance coverage characters arrive on the scene searching like FBI agents. That is when the singing starts, with the duet titled “Third Responders.”
Mr. Don Summers, identified for his operate as the “mayhem guy” on Television, plays an insurance coverage agent, Dougie, whose carrier insured various body elements of the actress injured in the crash. Mr. Summers reveals himself to be quite the talented song and dance man in the “Third Responders” variety and later offers a glimpse of his softer side in his solo, “The Credit score Score Song.”
Dougie’s insurance coverage partner in fraud-fighting is Shirley, a foul-mouthed personal eye/claims adjuster and scorned predictive model. Shirley is played by Ms. Sophie Courtesy, recognized for her perform as Flo in Tv ads. Ms. Courtesy brings an anxious intensity, transparent toughness and annoying arrogance to her position. She has an unmistakable voice (Ethel Merman lives!) that shakes the rafters and she virtually brings down the house for the duration of her solo, “I Place the Cuss in Buyer Support.”
However, she dances like she has gum on her footwear.
For the bulk of the perform, the 2 insurance coverage pros pursue several false leads that take the audience into a seedy underworld of medical and insurance coverage back offices till, at some point, they get their situation ahead of a jury in a fraud trial set in an automobile body shop.
When they are not on the trail of the fraudsters, Dougie and Shirley are falling in love and processing claims types, which they demonstrate can be much more entertaining than you believe, specifically when it is carried out to the hip-hop ditty, “Red Flags.”
Jackie Boot stars as the fraud kingpin, Dr. Pill, a Harvard-educated doctor who runs medical clinics and recruits grandmothers who drive stolen automobiles into utility poles and declare back injuries.
His sidekick, Rex Ottos, runs the body outlets that create inflated estimates of car harm.
The musical score has a handful of songs that could stand on their own like “Fraud Ring on Her Finger,” “Actuary, Act Your Age,” “Adjust This” and “Body Shop Boogie.”
Hrs right after the show’s complimentary spiked Snapple had worn off, this reviewer found himself chanting small gems from the manufacturing like, “She was only 42 but her grandkids imagined her amazing, as she drove a new automobile everyday to drop them at school…”
And, “I won’t lie to you, I know you’re poor, honey. Crash this vehicle and get a good deal more money…”
It’s a shame the other half-dozen musical numbers sound like large-band versions of the “On Your Side” jingle.
Traders think this display could locate a big audience and probably place some guys in Broadway seats along with the girls for a alter.
“If they can make a musical out of Rocky, they can do this,” mentioned the show’s underwriter, identified for the blockbuster, “Wall Street: The Musical,” which enjoyed a extended run just before it was shut down by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
“Insurance: The Musical” runs only a single day, these days, April Fools Day.
Tickets are $ 75 but right after 15 minutes, you can conserve 15 percent. Everybody is aware of that.