I returned to Universal Studios this week to check out their newest attraction.
It’s great that Universal is revamping the park – making it more fun (and worthwhile) for visitors. The â€˜â€™Creature from The Black Lagoon-A Raging Rockin’ Showâ€™â€™ is sort of Disney (Ashley has a hard on for Disney! Ha! â€“ Ed) meets Vegas, with giant puppets, moving boats and singing, lots of singing. It seems to be targeted towards adults – with a healthy amount of sexual humor and an obvious attraction between the monster and the girl – bringing to light the sexuality that is at the core of many monster movies. At 25 minutes, it’s short enough for you to not feel like leaving and does entertain from beginning to end –
Julie Adams, the original lead in the movie, made an appearance for the opening. Scepticism of the show seemed to melt away by the end – it’s so weird its fun and people seemed to be genuinely entertained. It may not draw more people to Universal’s City Walk, but it is worth it to venture into the Amphitheatre if you’re already there.
“Creature From the Black Lagoon — A Raging Rockin’ Show” has become “quite an ambitious” production, Chip Largman, VP of Universal Creative, Universal Studios Largman said. “We wanted to take advantage of all the production values that are available to us and sought out all the experts, including the New York Broadway world, to come up with something that capitalizes on Universal’s horror genre and pokes a little fun at ourselves.”
Universal hopes the pricey stage show, which boasts production values typically seen on Broadway, will breathe new life into the studio’s “Creature From the Black Lagoon” franchise as U readies a new bigscreen take on the monster.