Word to your mother.
Or is that word to your Marmi?
Marmi – matriarch of the March family in
Yeah, "Lil' Women – A Rap Musical" sounds like a joke, so it's only appropriate that there are more than a few hilarious moments as the fates of sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy unfold in a beat-driven 60 minutes. More impressive is the way the show retains so much of the book's integrity.
Powered by the music of Isaac Folch and words of show creators (and cast members) Sara Stock and Lindsay Taylor, Lil Women audaciously mashes together elements of the book's original 19th Century backdrop with outrageous rhyme-spitting production numbers.
Equally impressive is the emotional range, which shifts from the somber, candlelit farewell to dying sister Beth to a well-crafted comedic homecoming when the girls' father returns from war.
The song in the latter scene, "I Feel Like the Commander-in-Chief," offers the show's best laugh line tucked into lyrics that included such winning couplets as "not the president/ setting precedents/ in the present tense."
Roll over Louisa May Alcott and tell Jay-Z the news.
60 minutes, Green Venue, $8, Orlando Fringe Festival official page.