Abandoman's Rob Broderick – The Musical in My Mind

Rob Broderick is a one of a kind performer. Every show is different and mostly based on audience suggestions, but this is an improvising rapper like no other. Whether improvised or not, each of his songs is a marvel to behold.

Broderick has us in the palm of his hand from the minute he starts until the very last mic drop.

One half of Abandoman, Rob Broderick has been on the circuit for a while, but in The Musical In My Mind he performs on his own, and still manages to wow the audience. The premise is simple, Broderick wants to write a Hip-Hop musical, and using our suggestions and some lovely animation he does just that. Weaving in tales and stories from his life, he rhymes his way through an hour’s worth of material that has us begging for more.

Broderick really has to be seen to be believed. The poetic nature of his words, even when off the top of his head is mind-blowing. His lyrics and rhymes are out of this world. The words twist and turn, with the twists and turns causing the humour. Broderick is the king of expected and unexpected rhyme. But it is the audience interaction that really wows in this show. He can handle an audience like no other. There is seemingly no hard work required on his part as people are keen so give answers and respond. He’s a generous performer and this works in his favour.

Some of the material will be familiar to followers of Abandonman, but no matter. Even if the song is known, the main content won’t as each of these sections are improvised around audience suggestions.

It’s a very watchable hour, one that I would watch again and again, as the material would change depending on the audience. Rob Broderick really is an incredibly talented performer. Definitely worth a watch; whether for the lyrics, rhymes or comedy. Broderick has us in the palm of his hand from the minute he starts until the very last mic drop. 

Reviews by Emily Jane Kerr

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The Blurb

Rob Broderick is a man with a dream – to write the world's biggest hip hop musical. Join him for a beautiful combination of hip hop, comedy and animation, in a show that's two parts Drake, one part Disney. With poetic flourish, Rob dances between playing the part of introspective rapper, pop culture commentator and all-out musical surrealist. ‘Flight of the Conchords meets 8 Mile’ (Chortle.co.uk).