LAist Recommends: Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Saturday mornings in the 70s and 80s were defined by Schoolhouse Rock -- the mix of catchy songs and cartoons that served as infotainment for impressionable young minds (like yours truly). Now the Greenway Arts Alliance has brought the familiar pop tunes back for the enjoyment of Baby Boomers, Gen Xers -- and their kids -- to enjoy.
The Schoolhouse Rock Live! musical revue is couched in the premise of schoolteacher Tom's (Eduardo Enrikez) first day of school. The hallucinations induced by stress and playing too many videogames are embodied by the rest of the multicultural cast (Chad Borden, Tameka Dawn, Antoine Reynaldo Diel, Elaine Loh and Susan Rudick).
While the loose plot of the show is a little weak, the songs and the cast members' beautiful harmonies more than make up for it. Audiences are brought back down memory lane with popular favorites like "Conjunction Junction," "Interjections!" "Interplanet Janet" and "Three is a Magic Number."
There are site gags involved in a few numbers that add welcome laughs: Diel's embodiment of Bill in "I'm Just a Bill" and the camera tricks and audience participation in "Great American Melting Pot" easily come to mind. We wished there would have been a few more.
The headsets the cast used were not helpful for the acoustics of the Greenway, so some of the solos came out garbled, but time and again the show was picked up by the more than capable harmonies of the six voices together.
Our personal favorite of the show was a song we had almost completely forgotten about -- The Preamble. Sing it, now:
"We the people / In order to form a more perfect union / Establish justice, insure domestic tranquility / Provide for the common defense / Promote the general welfare and Secure the blessings of liberty / To ourselves and our posterity / Do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
Now that was fun, wasn't it? If you want to hear a whole heck of a lot more, then catch Schoolhouse Rock Live! before it ends. And leave the show craving a bowl of Cocoa Puffs or Sugar Smacks for some reason...
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Greenway Court Theatre
544 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles
Runs Saturdays at 4 pm and Sundays at 4 and 7 pm until Feb. 24.