If you are a gay man, or have gay friends, you will have most likely heard of Grindr. The app which many people say changed the gay dating world from bars and clubs to online. I use the term “dating” very loosely because basically, it is an app for people to get laid.
The app can be used by people to date though those people are few and far between.
So how do you get an opera out of a gay hookup app? We had no clue, but were very interested to find out. The answer is very effectively actually.
The entire show is sung as an opera. There is the main character Grindr incarnate, his two little minions and then four joe public of varying ages and temperaments. The basic of the story is that two people hookup, fall in love but Grindr is in the background trying to get them back on his app. The other two just cause chaos (dont wanna give spoilers just in case).
Within the songs the show uses all the stereotypes of Grindr; all the phrases, lines and excuses we have all used; and all the emotions.
From a show that on paper should not be worth th paper it is written on it was surprisingly good.
A big shout out also to the actors that played Grindr and one of the guys that fell in love. They should be singing on the west end as they had amazing voices and stage presence.
While looking for the links to share on this blog, I have just discovered that while we saw the show at Above the Stag theatre in London (http://www.abovethestag.com/vxl/), that’s not where the show originated. It looks like it has been around for a while (http://www.grindrtheopera.com).
Anyone in London, or if you are gay and visiting London, check out Above the Stag, they are an amazing all gay theatre company.