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Governators, Monsters and Music...Oh My!

By Michele Lenni in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 22, 2011 7:20PM

pred-poster-resized.jpg From the depths of the jungles of Central America comes a team of heroes intent on rescuing their cohorts. Led by their muscle-bound leader Dutch - as portrayed the Governator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger - they end up battling extra terrestrials and generally kicking ass in the 1987 classic action flick, Predator. What could possibly be missing from this masterpiece you say? They have a hunky action hero, a funny side-kick, blood, guns, guts, gore and aliens, what else could make this even more of a action masterpiece than it already is? How about some show tunes and dance numbers!

Roundhouse Productions and the New Rock Theater in Chicago's Old Irving Park neighborhood have extended the production of Predator The Musical: If It Sings, We Can Kill It through Aug. 6. Based on the original film, David Krump, William Stobb, and Will Bulka developed a script incorporating singing and dancing as well as a gentle jibe at the overall cheese level of the original film and its flimsy character development and plot line.

According to the Chicago Reader, the first act is jam-packed with one liners and humor from the cigar chomping lead character, Dutch, and then shift into an all-out sing-and-dance game complete with blood spattering and grotesque creature work from Glenese Hand. All this wacky nonsense and a price of $15 for admission? This is a definite recommendation for your next night out.

Predator: the Musical runs through Saturday, Aug. 6 at New Rock Theater (3933 N. Elston Ave.). Friday and Saturday shows 10:00 pm. Tickets are $15