Pop musicals duel for Duluth audience
So you say you’re a fan of musicals that speak to what it is like to be young and alive in modern times. You like a story that bears a familial resemblance to “Spring Awakening” or “Rent.”
You prefer musicians with blistered fingertips to those who follow a baton, but you prefer either to a show sans soundtrack.
You’re in luck.
Two pop musicals go live today on local stages within a single mile — and a half-hour of each other. Renegade Theater Company’s production of “Things to Ruin” is a series of self-contained vignettes about life — an old friend pops up in a skin flick, the ignominy of being picked for a dodge ball team, how to succeed in business.
Meanwhile, at The Underground, “Bare: A Pop Opera” has at its base a love story between two high school-aged boys at a Catholic boarding school. Cue issues of hookups, breakups, drug use and pregnancy with an underlying Shakespearean plot.