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Todrick Hall Presents: Straight Outta Oz! (Live Musical Review)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 5

Holy. Fucking – Just… Oh. My. God.

I think I just had a religious experience. I feel like my soul has been cleansed, my mood has brightened, my sweat acne is non existent and my job prospects just rose higher than they already were, dear lord, thankyou.

Todrick Hall, is a genius. No, no, more than that, a musical genius. His musical, both based of his own life and in the style of his favorite film, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, is a triumph, mixing humor, religion, confronting issues such as homosexuality, African-American rights, expense of living in a world with people known for perfection, pressured sex leading to a career in Hollywood and even being rejected by a producer after following the contract he signed to get a career started…

Wow.

It’s inspirational to know that now, as he quoted at the end of the show, ‘as a overly gay, African-American male’, that he can now flaunt his music style and himself freely in this society, being that back in his hometown and before all the movements that came around in the 2000’s, boys like him were prejudiced against, as explained in one of the songs ‘Over The Rainbow’, in which he talks about his father and how he told him that if he read the Bible and prayed, magic would happen.

It was a big standing point for him as he also said that ”little boys wear pants’ and ‘little boys don’t like the colour pink at all’, referencing to the fact that his mother saw him as a special child, while others thought she was the reason he was gay.

Filled with popular songs, including ‘See Your Face’,  an ode to Todrick’s mother and how after he ran away to Hollywood, she wished to see him again. ‘Water Guns’, in which it touches on the subject of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, as well as terrorist attacks and shooting that have occurred in the past couple of years, showing notable victims during the show including Christina Grimmie, the kids that died in the Sandy Hook shootings of 2012 and more recently, the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.

He laments in the song that ‘these ain’t water guns, water guns no more’ and asking the people listening to ‘please save all our sons and daughters’ as more and more people everyday are dying and no one is stopping to think about their actions.

Another less popular song, but still rather relevant is ‘Lyin’ To Myself’, a song which talks about how most African-American celebrates in music are rappers. He talks about how gold chains make him feel safe, being that gold chains are typical wear of rappers and African-American men involved in the music business.

All in all, it was a very full, very active crowd and the show was spectacular. The costume design was on point, the dancers worked the stage beautifully, the voices were perfection and the show was a big success.

As a bonus, being that I am not one for shying away in front of a camera when there is someone famous about, I got this:

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You’re welcome, internet.

XOXO, Scott

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