Creature from the Black Lagoon Review - Universal Studios offers a Raging Rockin’ Show”

On June the 30th, a new show debuted at Universal Studios Hollywood. It is a musical inspired on the 1954 classic Universal Pictures film production, “ Creature from the Black Lagoon.” The film was originally released in 3-D and this show cleverly took advantage this feature. The debut audience had the honor to meet Julia Adams, the actress who was the leading lady in the original movie, for this special occasion.

Julie Adams (left) star of the original "Creature From the Black Lagoon," poses with actors Matt Ferrell ("Creature") and Sandy Allen ("Kay")

The show turned a 1950’s horror film into a romantic comedy to adapt it for a 21st century audience. The new musical attraction is approximately 25 minutes long and started with an introduction of the creature outside the theater to the curious audience. An aquarium towed by a truck is supposed to contain the dangerous creature of the black lagoon. After some casualties with the monster, people are invited into the theater and the show begins.

a traveling aquarium

Although it seems slightly odd to see a horror movie turned into a musical comedy, it does make the show suitable for the whole family. There is a little bit of everything for everyone. The stage takes you into the atmosphere of the Amazon and a boat moves into sight with a female captain with a definite Afro-American attitude. A chubby scientist makes some comical moves at the Julia Adams of this show while an ignorant fiance is obsessing over the scary creature.  

the creature on the loose

The Creature from the Black Lagoon” has been orchestrated by a talented creative team which includes director and choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett who earned credits with Footloose, creature & puppet designer Michael Curry, one of the world’s leading production designers and whose credits include “The Lion King” and Cirque du Soleil.

During the show, the audience gets a full immersive  experience with swimming actors above their heads, water guns squirting at people and singing actors moving close to the seats.  As the show progresses, you will notice that it is loaded with sexually tainted jokes, some more subtle than the other. This will keep it entertaining for adults and youngsters who can easily see through the plastic magnified monster and safety cords that keep the actors afloat in the air. The show satirizes itself with its mainstream comedy and 21st century gadgets in a 1950’s setting. With a big bang at the end and confetti flying all around, the audience receives a great send off.

an immersive experience

When the show is over the audience can continue to explore the exciting rides of the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. Visitors carry on to indulge themselves in the many attractions of the theme park such as “The Simpsons Ride,” “Revenge of the Mummy—The Ride,” “Shrek 4-D,” “Jurassic Park—The Ride” and the newly enhanced Studio Tour in HD.

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