Benicia Old Town Theatre Group presents a hilarious, musical take on the infamous 1936 propoganda film regarding the dangers of marijuana.
For the next five weeks, Benicia Old Town Theatre Group is presenting Reefer Madness: The Musical, a take on the 1936 film that was widely circulated as propaganda against the use of marijuana. The story hews close to the film’s plot with a few minor changes. What makes the musical so camp-tastic is how it takes the very, very serious tone of the film and pokes fun at it from a modern perspective.
Dubbed the “Feel Good hit of the Year” when it opened in 1998, the story explores the ideas of Truth, Conscience, and the American Way! Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with “evil jazz music”, “sex and violence”. The addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes. This dynamic show will go straight to your head, and you won’t be able to resist the spoofy fun of REEFER MADNESS: THE MUSICAL! The show is a highly stylized and satirical political commentary; containing adult humor, religious parody, and drug use, as well as suggested violence and sexual explicitness.