It’s been over four decades since the debut of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, but the iconic film is still culturally relevant. Another example of this will be seen this May in New York City with the world premiere of Khan!!! a parody musical.
Khan!!! The Musical!
New York’s Peekskill Productions has announced the world premiere production of Khan!!! The Muscial!: A Parody Trek-tacular. A five-week limited engagement at Off-Broadway’s Players Theatre begins Thursday, May 4.
Here is a synopsis:
It is 2366, and Data the Android presents his campy musical adaptation of The Wrath of Khan. In this sci-fi send-up, an older Captain Kirk is experiencing a “coming of middle age” story when his nemesis Khan escapes exile and vows revenge. The ensuing cat-and-mouse game sparks an adventure that includes Vulcan tap dancing, Kirk’s long-lost son (a William Shatner impersonator), and of course… mutant space chickens!
The show is co-written and composed, and lyrics by musician Brent Black who said in a statement:
Something about a Wrath of Khan musical kept nagging at me, eventually, my friend Alina came up with the idea that the musical itself could be a simulation within the universe of Star Trek, which led to the concept of Data the Android presenting a “holographic” musical that he programmed himself. A lot of episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation feature storylines where Data has to learn something through trial and error, usually going a little too far or taking things a bit too literally; the idea that he would write a musical after studying classic Broadway shows of the past opened the concept of the show even wider to include sendups of classic musicals.
A big part of why I like Star Trek is how it imagines a future where humans set their differences aside and work together for the greater good. Star Trek has always been ahead of the curve in terms of inclusivity and representation, and it’s nice that this campy comedy show still maintains the spirit of that future Gene Roddenberry envisioned when he created the original TV show.
The show begins on Thursday, May 4 and will run through Sunday, June 4. The opening night event is on Saturday, May 6 (7 p.m.). Tickets cost $25-$65. Find more info and buy tickets at www.khaniscoming.com