With venues shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic, people working in the theatre industry have had to shift their creativity online, as a result of which we’ve seen a range of digital concerts and variety-style shows, performed in people’s homes and, more recently, in COVID-safe venues.
Now comes a full musical, live streamed from a large house in Sydney with a central computer, where all the cast and crew are based but socially distanced – and it really takes things up a notch with its inventive staging and sophisticated use of technology.
Adam Rennie and Matthew Predny
Australian producers Keith Muir, Sam Ducker and Steven Kreamer had planned to stage the Australian premiere of the musical Who’s Your Baghdaddy? Or How I Started the Iraq Warlive on stage in September. Then the coronavirus hit. Instead of postponing or cancelling, they decided to present the show as a live streamed production.
Who’s Your Baghdaddy?was written by Marshall Paillet (music and book) and A.D. Penedo (lyrics and book). Inspired by a true story, the satirical musical comedy premiered Off-Off Broadway in 2005 and was then produced Off-Broadway in 2017.
The name of the musical does it no...