Welcome to the party pal!
First, let’s start with the decades-old debate: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie or not? The answer is clearly YES. The movie takes place on CHRISTMAS EVE at a CHRISTMAS PARTY. I could keep going on to support my argument, but this article breaks it down even further.
As further proof that Die Hard should be considered a Christmas movie is the fact that The Den Theatre is hosting the (now) annual holiday production of “Yippee Ki-Yay Merry Christmas! A Die Hard Musical Parody”. This is the fifth year for the show (but it has not always been at this location). They even have a few cast members who have continued to reprise their roles since its origination in 2014.
It is over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek, comedy gold. Let’s start with the character names. John McClane is now Bruce McClane. Holly Genero is now Holly Generic. Hans Gruber is now Hans Olo. Come on. That’s good stuff right there.
One of the first big musical numbers takes on Holly Generic’s move away from New York, and her husband, to take a high-powered job for the Nakatomi corporation. The whole “Working Girl” (another classic 80’s movie) vibe included the power suits and the hilariously big hair.
My SO and I appreciated some of the authenticity as well. Bill Gordon (Bruce McClane) sounded just like Bruce Willis. Even better, Gary Fields (Hans Olo) sounded just like the late, great, Alan Rickman (sexiest bad guy voice ever – amiright?). And Erin Long’s Klaus is one of the best things about this production.
The show is a mix of 80’s references peppered with some current jokes. Like most parodies, we want to go and see it again because I am sure we missed a few puns or gags the first time around. As a bonus, I was almost giddy when, intentional or not, the head FBI agent looked just like Bert Macklin, FBI. (If you don’t get this Park and Recreation reference we might not be able to be friends).
A few things to know before you go: 1) the Den theatre is small. Maybe 150 seats. Shows are already starting to sell out. 2) there is no parking at the theatre. Metered parking and street parking only. Plan accordingly. 3) Tickets are $45, however, I was able to find them on Goldstar (discount ticket site) for $22.50. I know. It’s a gift. You’re welcome.
If you are a fan of the original Die Hard movie, this is a really fun date night idea. If you can’t make it in before Christmas, you are in luck. This play runs through January 12. Yippee Ki-Yay . . . !