How do you discuss the political chaos of the Covid-19 pandemic without directly talking about it? Somehow The Grindstone Theatre's artistic director Byron Martin and fellow Edmonton-based musician Simon Abbott found a way. Jason Kenney's Hot Boy Summer: The Musical is a tough pill to swallow coated in sugar, adding a humorous spin on an otherwise bleak topic of the 21st century.
There is no room for mercy or bias towards any one particular political figure, as everyone receives an equally hilarious dose of ridicule in this show. Even if you're not the type of person to indulge in politics or musicals, you'll have no trouble following along and enjoying the ride. This is not your typical musical.
Hot Boy Summer has taken Alberta by storm after countless successful shows in Edmonton, amazing audiences night after night. Now on the Convoy Tour, the show is on the road and updating audiences along the way with hilariously relevant short skits and antics leading up to their stops. With roaring success in Calgary and Red Deer, they are now continuing on to Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray, finalizing their tour by coming full circle back to Edmonton.
With raving revues and a subtle underground cult following, some audience members have seen the show numerous times with obsessive excitement over the impressive occasional improvisations and quick-switch changes of characters throughout the run. The skill level of these wildly adaptive actors is astounding. This is without a doubt, one of the greatest and perfectly timed shows Canada has seen in ages -- 10 out of 10! Highly recommend checking it out while you still can.
Tickets are one sale now -- get 'em while they're hot!