The newly written musical comedy entitled “Hot Mess: A Lethal New Musical,” will world premiere on the Renaissance Theatre stage this month. The show is a pastiche of reality television loosely based on Euripides 431 BC Greek Tragedy, Medea, (no connection to the Tyler Perry character, Madea) and tells the story of Divinia Chontrell - whose husband leaves her for a younger woman - causing her to go on a murderous roller coaster ride- seeking revenge on those who have wronged her.
The cast of six, including Maddie Beer, Leah Gesouras, Colton Penwell, Harmoni Sauder, Ryan Shreve and Condrea Webber, play multiple roles - including characters that may look a bit similar to popular reality show stars - such as Honey Boo Boo, Snooki, Duck Dynasty, Real Housewives, the Duggars and many more. The show will be presented in the Renaissance’s intimate “stage on stage” setting, where the audience is seated on the stage with the actors and the set.
Written and directed by Renaissance Artistic Director Michael Thomas, whose original shows “Twilight Gardens,” “Remember Me Always: High School Yearbook 1977,” and “Sentimental Journey” have been favorites of the Renaissance audience in recent years. Thomas’ writing credits also include the popular Netflix series “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and NBC’s “30 Rock.”
Thomas shares, “It’s a commentary on — or indictment of — the narcissistic, ‘look at me!’ world of reality shows. Desperate, sad people who will do anything to get their faces in front of a camera.”
“Hot Mess: A Lethal New Musical” will be presented as a part of the Richland Bank Broadway Series on February 26th and 27th and March 3rd, 4th and 5th at 8 p.m. at the Renaissance Theatre. The show will run approximately 90 minutes and contains adult subject matter and humor. In addition to series support as a part of the Richland Bank Broadway Series, the show is presented by Shaw Ott Medical and sponsored by ArcelorMittal and Mansfield Distributing. Tickets are $30 each and are on sale now at the Renaissance Box Office, by calling (419) 522-2726, and online at MansfieldTickets.com.