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Podcast Episode 84: Turning Tydes Serves Up Geeky Musical Mash-Ups

Musical theater company stages ‘Les Midge’ and ‘The Phantom of the Empire’ during Comic-Con

The musical theater company Turning Tydes has produced two geeky mash-ups for...

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Above: The musical theater company Turning Tydes has produced two geeky mash-ups for the San Diego International Fringe. Now they bring those productions, including "The Phantom of the Empire" pictured here, to the extended Comic-Con campus.

Episode 84: Turning Tydes Serves Up Geeky Musical Mash-Ups

Turning Tydes is staging a pair of geeky musical mash-ups during Comic-Con. Find out how to turn your Pilates ball into a Death Star and hear the company's hilarious parody lyrics on the latest Cinema Junkie Podcast.

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When Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland got together in a movie, they were always rallying the kids to put on a show. Well, if Mickey and Judy were geeks, they would be putting on a "Hobbits" version of "Les Mis" or a "Star Wars" take on "The Phantom of the Opera" like Turning Tydes is doing during Comic-Con.

Last year, I had the privilege of seeing a show at the San Diego International Fringe called Les Midge," which served up a musical mash-up of "The Hobbit" movies and the Broadway musical "Les Mis."

Then, just last month at Fringe, I saw "The Phantom of the Empire," in which the "Star Wars" trilogy collided head on with "The Phantom of the Opera." Musical theater troupe Turning Tydes put on both shows.

Turning Tydes is bringing them back for a special run during Comic-Con at the Geoffrey Off Broadway July 20 to 24.

I sat down with three of the key creative people at Turning Tydes to find out how their geeky passion for pop culture has fueled the company's productions.


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opening quote marksclosing quote marksI cover arts and culture, from Comic-Con to opera, from pop entertainment to fine art, from zombies to Shakespeare. I am interested in going behind the scenes to explore the creative process; seeing how pop culture reflects social issues; and providing a context for art and entertainment.

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