Nothing is as good as musical theatre when it works,
nor as bad as musical theatre when it doesn't, a concept
clearly understood by the twisted folks behind Top Gun!
The Musical. As loving as it is scathing, Top Gun is a
satiric look at the creation of a musical gone wrong.
Though worth seeing for the brilliantly funny performances
of Dmitry Chepovetsky and Steven Gallagher alone,
this show turns a clever script and
silly tunes into 90 minutes of raucous fun. Guaranteed
one of this year's favourites, Top Gun is that rare
theatrical treat: a musical that really works.
- eye weekly
Set backstage during the disastrous rehearsals for an adaptation
of that 1986 Tom Cruise movie, Top Gun! is a satire
of the mega-musical that has its target firmly in its sights.
- The Globe and Mail
Top Gun! The Musical has the right stuff to go the
distance ... Denis McGrath (book and lyrics) and Scott
White (music) have come up with a happy, zappy, sexy
show about the perils of putting on a musical based on
a movie... After this, you won't look at Tom Cruise or
Kelly McGillis without snickering ever again.
Colin Viebrock has directed with wit and put together a
cast who are both funny and attractive. Dmitry Chepovetsky
sings up a storm, Racheal McCaig radiates good humour, Drew
Carnwath is integrity incarnate, Alison Lawrence makes every
line a winner, Steve Gallagher turns old camp into new comedy,
Mary Francis Moore wrote the book on vamping and David Collins
cries out to be committed. I loved them all ...
It's hours after the curtain, and I'm still humming the final
number, "You Can Ride My Tail." When's the last time that happened
at a Canadian musical?
Top Gun! The Musical deserves another flight.
- Toronto Star
Could be this year's Drowsy Chaperone ...
Filled with lots of intentionally bad lines and
funny-angry-smart comments about dumb musicals based
on films ... the show also features one of the most
likeable casts in Fringe memory ... The songs and singers
are strong ... a hugely entertaining 90 minutes.
- NOW Magazine
Top Notch! ... an unabashedly cliche-ridden
script, enlivened by plenty of laughs and a score that ranges from
the sublime to the ridiculous, although it is, in the main, just
- Toronto Sun (2003)
A frequent sellout this year is TOP GUN: THE MUSICAL --
a smart and funny play good enough to be done commercially ...
manages at once to cut up both the film (as a ludicrously
overheated piece of unintentional homoerotica and as military
propaganda) and the current state of the theatre ...
- Toronto Sun (2002)
Scott White's catchy tunes paired with Denis McGrath's
clever lyrics make for solid entertainment.
- Xtra Magazine
U.S. Premiere of Top Gun! The Musical Soars in Houston
- Playbill Online
The showstopping belly laughs on opening night made it hard to hear what came next.
... the hysterically funny songs keep the riot going.
- Houston Press
"Top Gun" takes musical inspiration, satire to new heights
... sharply focused theatrical satire.
- Houston Chronicle
Top Gun! The Musical Worthy of Top Honors
A truly zany look at the military mentality, the commercialization
of theater, and the general numbing of the sensibilities of the
western world. Top Gun! The Musical [...] gets all three in its
sights and blasts away like a kid at a Nintendo game.
Top Gun! The Musical is a hoot. ...
a splendid cast, unimaginably fine directing, and exciting handling
of the music ... Theater LaB Houston has another
- Texas Triangle