PREMIERED AT CALTECH IN 2016
19 original songs:
A MUSICAL PARODY BASED UPON STAR TREK
by Cole Remmen and Grant Remmen
find out more at boldlygomusical.com
Boldly Go! is a musical of both substance and comedy: a parody based upon the universe of Star Trek. The United Federation of Planets encounters a grave threat from an unknown source. The Starship Enterprise, with its intrepid crew – Captain Kirk, Spock, Doctor McCoy, Nurse Chapel, Uhura, Scotty, Chekov, and Sulu – is dispatched to investigate, going to the very edge of the Neutral Zone. Along the way, they encounter a mysterious alien scientist named Takya, for whom Spock finds himself emotionally susceptible. We also meet a nerdy and surprisingly human-like Klingon named Kharthak, who believes the sinister Klingon Empire could aspire to something greater. In the ensuing tale, the Enterprise faces its greatest challenge yet. Assumptions will be confronted, paradigms challenged, alliances tested, and new contacts made – whether for good or ill as yet to be seen. And it’s all set to a side-splitting tour de force of musical mayhem!
The saga that is Star Trek, originally created by Gene Roddenberry, takes place within a hopeful vision of the future. In the late twenty-third century, we find the Federation, a multi-planetary government comprising Earth and other star systems such as Vulcan and Andoria. Occupying a small portion of the Milky Way Galaxy, this enlightened society of diverse alien cultures is surrounded by other not-so-friendly governments, including the Klingon and Romulan Empires. In Star Trek, we follow the exploits of the Starfleet Starship Enterprise, which, charged with a mission of scientific discovery, explores the unknown.
Despite its science fiction trappings, Star Trek has historically been focused on relevant real-world ideas. In the 1960s, Star Trek was a pioneer in presenting a society that had moved past the political and social issues that plagued the twentieth century. In addition to this tradition of idealism, a significant and dedicated fan base has developed in the intervening decades, with its own distinctive culture that embraces the quirky and humorous side of Star Trek.
Boldly Go! builds on this heritage. While having fun with the sometimes farcical aspects of science fiction and parodying Star Trek, Boldly Go! also satirizes the musical theatre genre, which, as any musical aficionado knows, comes with its own set of peculiarities and idiosyncrasies. At its core, Boldly Go! is a story about being true to oneself and one’s convictions, about friendship and love, about discovery and wonder, about the triumph of the individual over adversity, and about the joy of sharing with each other this vast and mysterious Universe.