Zanna, Don't

What would the word be like if homosexuality was the norm? Zanna Don't is here to answer that question and bleed the concept dry, long after the amusement has left the building.

Some people just love musicals despite the quality of what's going on between the numbers, if that sounds like you, you'll find a lot to like about this show.

Zanna Don't has a deeply irritating script. Set in an American High School where everyone is gay and hetros are shunned. In this "wacky" world only one joke exists, wouldn't it be crazy if everyone was homosexual! And it's paraded out in endless repetition whilst managing to miss some pretty good gags. It comes across as an idea John Waters rejected as too gaudy. I’m all for irony, but when you are trying to make an audience empathise with the plight of the gay community, it’s a bit of an own goal to get some cheap laughs from mincing.

If you are a fan of musicals though there is a lot to be enjoyed here. The score isn't amazing but the songs serve their purpose and work quite well coming from one piano. Where the show really stands out is in the choreography, it works really well with plenty of nice touches and flourishes.

The cast are all strong performers and some even manage to add extra dimensions to their characters (bringing it up to two). They should all be proud of themselves and will hopefully go on to bigger things.

Some people just love musicals despite the quality of what's going on between the numbers, if that sounds like you, you'll find a lot to like about this show. 

Reviews by James W. Woe

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The Blurb

Welcome to Heartsville High and a world where it’s normal to be gay, the students in the school musical are the coolest kids on the block, the chess champion is the heartthrob of the senior year, the captain of the football team has always struggled to fit in, hard liquor's been replaced by hot milk and the question on everyone’s lips is: should straight people be allowed to serve in the military? Let Zanna, Heartsville’s very own Cupid, guide you through a story of ignorance, discrimination, inequalities, a touch of magic and most of all... love!