Broadway is taking a risk—on a musical about insurance.
“Insurance: The Musical” opens this week in New York right after a productive tryout last September in Hartford. It is Broadway’s initial musical exploration of the home/casualty insurance 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 loads of greed, corruption, intercourse, bureaucracy and dancing.
The plot revolves around a team of attorneys and medical doctors who stage vehicle accidents for insurance funds. They personal a number of medical clinics and automobile physique stores.
2 ambitious insurance coverage firm investigators are onto them and determined to break-up their fraud ring.
The drama commences with the sounds and smells of a automobile crash and sirens off-stage the curtain then rises to reveal the scene of devastation and injury. Following the rescue and clean-up operations, 2 insurance characters arrive on the scene searching like FBI agents. That is when the singing commences, with the duet titled “Third Responders.”
Mr. Don Summers, known for his function as the “mayhem guy” on Tv, plays an insurance coverage agent, Dougie, whose carrier insured various entire body parts of the actress injured in the crash. Mr. Summers reveals himself to be very the talented song and dance man in the “Third Responders” quantity and later offers a glimpse of his softer side in his solo, “The Credit Score Song.”
Dougie’s insurance coverage spouse in fraud-fighting is Shirley, a foul-mouthed private eye/claims adjuster and scorned predictive model. Shirley is played by Ms. Sophie Courtesy, recognized for her function as Flo in Television adverts. Ms. Courtesy brings an anxious intensity, transparent toughness and irritating arrogance to her role. She has an unmistakable voice (Ethel Merman lives!) that shakes the rafters and she almost brings down the house throughout her solo, “I Put the Cuss in Consumer Service.”
However, she dances like she has gum on her shoes.
For the bulk of the play, the 2 insurance pros pursue several false prospects that take the audience into a seedy underworld of medical and insurance back offices until finally, ultimately, they get their situation before a jury in a fraud trial set in an auto entire body store.
When they are not on the trail of the fraudsters, Dougie and Shirley are falling in love and processing claims varieties, which they demonstrate can be much more exciting than you feel, particularly when it is accomplished to the hip-hop ditty, “Red Flags.”
Jackie Boot stars as the fraud kingpin, Dr. Pill, a Harvard-educated physician who runs medical clinics and recruits grandmothers who drive stolen autos into utility poles and declare back injuries.
His sidekick, Rex Ottos, runs the entire body shops that produce inflated estimates of auto harm.
The musical score has a number of songs that could stand on their personal which includes “Fraud Ring on Her Finger,” “Actuary, Act Your Age,” “Adjust This” and “Body Shop Boogie.”
Hours soon after the show’s complimentary spiked Snapple had worn off, this reviewer found himself chanting small gems from the production like, “She was only 42 but her grandkids thought her amazing, as she drove a new automobile everyday to drop them at school…”
And, “I won’t lie to you, I know you are bad, honey. Crash this auto and get a whole lot a lot more money…”
It’s a shame the other half-dozen musical numbers sound like huge-band versions of the “On Your Side” jingle.
Traders think this demonstrate could find a big audience and perhaps put some men in Broadway seats along with the girls for a adjust.
“If they can make a musical out of Rocky, they can do this,” explained the show’s underwriter, acknowledged for the blockbuster, “Wall Street: The Musical,” which enjoyed a prolonged run prior to it was shut down by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
“Insurance: The Musical” runs only a single day, nowadays, April Fools Day.
Tickets are $ 75 but after 15 minutes, you can conserve 15 percent. Everybody is aware of that.