Broadway is taking a risk—on a musical about insurance.
“Insurance: The Musical” opens this week in New York following a successful tryout last September in Hartford. It is Broadway’s very first musical exploration of the property/casualty insurance coverage market, according to Broadway historians.
It’s no Lion King but it is surprisingly entertaining. It’s like Mama Mia meets West Side Story meets C.S.I. with loads of greed, corruption, sex, bureaucracy and dancing.
The plot revolves close to a team of attorneys and medical doctors who stage automobile accidents for insurance coverage cash. They very own a number of healthcare clinics and car physique stores.
2 ambitious insurance company investigators are onto them and established to break-up their fraud ring.
The drama starts 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 seeking like FBI agents. That is when the singing starts, with the duet titled “Third Responders.”
Mr. Don Summers, known for his work as the “mayhem guy” on Television, plays an insurance coverage agent, Dougie, whose carrier insured different physique parts of the actress injured in the crash. Mr. Summers reveals himself to be very the talented song and dance guy in the “Third Responders” quantity and later on supplies a glimpse of his softer side in his solo, “The Credit score Score Song.”
Dougie’s insurance coverage companion 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 operate as Flo in Television ads. Ms. Courtesy brings an anxious intensity, transparent toughness and irritating arrogance to her part. She has an unmistakable voice (Ethel Merman lives!) that shakes the rafters and she practically brings down the home during her solo, “I Put the Cuss in Customer Support.”
Regrettably, she dances like she has gum on her shoes.
For the bulk of the play, the 2 insurance coverage pros pursue a number of false prospects that consider the audience into a seedy underworld of medical and insurance back offices right up until, at some point, they get their case prior to a jury in a fraud trial set in an auto body store.
When they are not on the trail of the fraudsters, Dougie and Shirley are falling in love and processing claims forms, which they show can be far more entertaining than you consider, particularly when it is done to the hip-hop ditty, “Red Flags.”
Jackie Boot stars as the fraud kingpin, Dr. Pill, a Harvard-educated medical professional who runs health care clinics and recruits grandmothers who drive stolen autos into utility poles and claim back injuries.
His sidekick, Rex Ottos, runs the entire body outlets that make inflated estimates of automobile injury.
The musical score has a number of songs that could stand on their personal such as “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 identified himself chanting minor gems from the manufacturing like, “She was only 42 but her grandkids believed her awesome, as she drove a new automobile every day to drop them at school…”
And, “I won’t lie to you, I know you are poor, honey. Crash this vehicle and get a whole lot much more money…”
It is a shame the other half-dozen musical numbers sound like large-band versions of the “On Your Side” jingle.
Investors believe this show could locate a massive audience and perhaps place some males 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, acknowledged for the blockbuster, “Wall Street: The Musical,” which appreciated a lengthy 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.
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