By Lisa Chau, 23, reporting from Ann Arbor, MI, on an awesome musical theater company—coming to your town
Musical theater. Pigfarts. Friendship. Slap bracelets. These are just a few of the things that come to mind when I hear Team StarKid.
StarKid is a sensational musical theater troupe formed in 2009 by a group of University of Michigan theater grads (including Darren Criss, aka Glee's Blaine) and now based in Chicago. Or you might know this team as the creators of the brilliant parody A Very Potter Musical, which had a budget of under $150 and pretty much took over YouTube.
I recently got involved with StarKid for their first national concert tour, The S.P.A.C.E. Tour, manning their merchandise tables with the one and only Ann Arbor T-shirt Company. I had no idea what I was signing up for—beyond living on a bus with performer-types for five weeks—and boy, was I in for a surprise.
Walking up to the first S.P.A.C.E. venue was spectacular. I had never seen so many crazy-dedicated fans in one place. They were all decked out in their pink sunnies and SuperMegaAwesomeFoxyHot tees, singing StarKid songs in unison, happily on their sixth hour of waiting in line to get the best spot in the venue. This happened at every stop on the tour.
It didn't take long to realize why people are so in love with this act. StarKid reminds us all that everything will be okay, friends will always have your back, and you should shoot for the moon because you can surely get there.
And that, my friends, is totally awesome.
StarKid is currently preparing for their second national tour, Apocalyptour, where they will attempt to please the Mayan gods with their mad musical skills before the world as we know it ends. Apocalyptour begins May 9 at the House of Blues in Chicago and runs through June 10, ending at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Get your tickets now before it's over – the world, that is.
Check out Team StarKid's latest musical, Holy Musical B@man!