Game of Thrones’ seventh season finale will air on HBO this Sunday night which, among other things, means fans of the series will be without Westeros for quite a while. The eighth and final season isn’t expected to begin production until the fall, with a premiere date that may very well slip into 2019. There’s always the hope that George R.R. Martin might finish The Winds of Winter in the meantime, but who knows when that might happen.
So during the long wait for Game of Thrones’ conclusion, fans of the series will have to find other ways to experience their favorite show, whether through watching old episodes, re-reading the books or staying occupied with other, non-Game of Thrones entertainment. There’s another way, too: the unauthorized Game of Thrones parody rock musical.
Game of Thrones The Rock Musical: An Unauthorized Parody is headed to New York City, for an Off-Broadway run in October, at the Jerry Orbach Theater in the Theater Center, Broadway.com has reported. The musical debuted in Los Angeles earlier this year and then had a limited engagement in San Diego during Comic-Con last month.
The musical, created by Steven Christopher Parker and Steven Brandon, has been advertised as “a Song of Nice Satire,” featuring such songs as “Be My Hand,” “The Things I Do For Love,” “All Men Must Die,” and “Dothraki Love Song.” The plot of the musical, at least in its previous incarnations, covered the first season of the TV series, with a George R.R. Martin-like character as the narrator. The report also cites the presence in the show of “tap-dancing direwolves.” Members of the same team had earlier produced a Lost parody musical.
Now seems an ideal time for the Game of Thrones musical to go big. After all, the show is one of the most popular TV series around and a very significant cultural phenomena; it also drew positive notices in its previous incarnations. And while the theater is technically an Off-Broadway venue, it is physically on Broadway (at 50th Street) and just blocks away from the main Times Square theaters.
While going to see the Game of Thrones musical isn’t quite like getting to experience the show itself, it should mark a welcome respite for fans coping with the long wait for Season 8.
The Game of Thrones musical will run at the Jerry Orbach Theater October 10-29. Game of Thrones’ seventh season finale airs Sunday night on HBO.