Review: ‘Katdashians Break the Musical’ is a ‘katchy’ (if not kitschy) night in the theater
By Jody Williams, Contributing Writer, July 11, 2016
I had the hilarious pleasure of seeing Katdashians Break the Musical at the Elektra Theatre this past weekend. As is probably clear from the title, the show is a spoof of the Kardashian family as a whole, mixed with elements from the musical Cats. The Katdashians/Jenner klan (see what I did there?) wore full cat costumes and frolicked through the audience, being sure to continuously document every action with a selfie or “katchat.”
The first half of the show seemed to take place earlier in the collective Katdashian’s career, Kylie Kat (Jennyvette Vega) and Kendall Kat (Ariel Ash) are still annoying little sisters, Khloe Kat (Elliott Brooks) is still “happily” married to Lamar Odom, and Kris Kat (Alexis Kelly) is still trying to make it work with Bruce (Peter Smith).
All the performers’ acting was solid, highlighted by Bridget Kennedy playing Kourtney Kat, nailing her signature deadpan personality, while never once cracking a smile despite the outrageous lines she spoke. Another standout was Peter Smith who played Bruce, and later Caitlyn; they, too, were able to depict Bruce’s struggle with his identity and annoyance with his entire family.
If you’re looking for a fun night in the theater, I highly recommend seeing this show. The songs were catchy, because they’re still stuck in my head. Whether you love the Kardashians, hate them, or don’t think about them at all, you will be laughing till you cry if you attend this show. The friend who accompanied me to this performance didn’t pick up on all of the topical jokes and references, but still laughed at the sheer madness of it all.
Updated on July 12, 2016.
Katdashians Break the Musical runs through July 30, 2016 at the Elektra Theater, 300 West 43rd Street, Manhattan. Running time: 1 hour and 40 minutes including intermission. Created by Bob and Tobly McSmith; directed by John Duff; music director/arrangements/orchestration by Assaf Gleizner; choreography by Viva Soudan; dramaturg/Katdashian expert, Wesley Flash; assistant music director is Luke McGinnis; costumes by Bailey Nolan; lighting design/stage management by Cheryl Thompson; sound design by Lauren Vargas; pre-recorded tracks by Carol Loan. Executive producer Tobly McSmith. Cast: Carmen Mendoza, Elliott Brooks, Bridget Kennedy, Bailey Nolan, Peter Smith, Viva Soudan, Ariel Ash, Alexis Kelly, Jenyvette Vega, and Bob McSmith.