Despite gentrification and rising real estate, it seems like there will always be something or another that keeps Brooklyn uniquely weird, and in this case, it's timed perfectly with the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens: a theater group in Williamsburg will run performances of a musical that mashes the Star Wars movie about a little orphan with dreams of the Dark Side (AKA The Phantom Menace) with the Broadway hallmark about a little orphan who sings that the sun will come out tomorrow (AKA Annie).
Scheduled to run for one performance only on Dec. 7, Star Wars Phantom Menace Episode, 1: Featuring Annie will be staged at the Annoyance Theater in Brooklyn, the show will operate mostly as a staged reading, with characters like Yoda, Jar-Jar Binks and Qui-Gon Jinn breaking out into seminal hits from the musical it's meshed with, fare like "It's a Hard-Knock Life" and "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow."
In an interview with Brokelyn, Henry Koperski, the creator and director of the musical/sci-fi mashup, explained his decision to go with The Phantom Menace in the first place, citing the same kind of nostalgia that the musical Annie evokes for many:
"As a 26-year-old, I now recognize that Episode 1 is a terrible movie, and probably the worst of the Star Wars films — but back in 1999, when I was 12 years old ... I thought Phantom Menace was the coolest movie ever made [... I]t's an awful movie, but was such a big part of my childhood, that I'll always love it."
If you want to get a kitschy Star Wars fix in before The Force Awakens lands in theaters on Dec. 18, you can purchase tickets for Star Wars Phantom Menace Episode, 1: Featuring Annie here.