Fat Camp the Musical Weighs in! My Review

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Fat Camp is a silly, exuberant musical that comes at you like an ice cream truck and doesn't slow down.

The situations in the show could be from any campy camp comedy--the jealousies, romances, one-upmanships, self-image problems, and triumphs.

But the characters happen to be plus-size and are trying to be "losers"--some way more than others--as Camp Overton becomes a place where you can shed some inhibitions along with a pound or two, while singing and dancing up a storm.

I actually would have liked more focus on their physicality issues instead of the cartoonishly generic hijinks that go on a lot of the time, rendered with too much meandering music.

But the show is lively and often clever--one of the funniest songs is "Her Butt Is Totally Bigger Than Mine," vamped out by the hilarious Carly Jibson and super Molly Hager--and the cast consists of of big-lunged belters who can also deliver laughs.

I had no idea there were so many talented fat people out there!

When they battle the snooty skinny cheerleader invaders, a valuable lesson is learned, but the brief trip into preachiness is a little bit jarring.

Fat Camp has already established itself as a thin (ouch) but spirited smile sandwich.

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Jibson and Hager. Photo: Chad Batka, c/o theatermania.com


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John
John

Fat camp rocks

Jonell
Jonell

I love Molly Hager!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah Ukelele
Sarah Ukelele

You had no idea there were so many talented fat people out there. I'm not surprised, though I do find your comment indicative of a much broader issue. Aside from shows like this, or roles like Hairspray's Tracy Turnblad (who so many of the Fat Camp actresses have played), there are very few opportunities open to plus size performers. It's not that we can't play people in love, on the move, in danger. It's that very often we're told no one wants to see us that way as we're ushered out the door. There's been some positive change, but not much. 

If people cast and hired more fantastic, fat performers, it wouldn't seem unusual or shocking.

FatCampFan
FatCampFan

Saw it a couple weeks ago and LOVED IT!  Best new show I've seen since Rock of Ages!  Go see it!  (I swear, I have no affiliation with this show, although they did give me a free chocolate bar :)

The Other One
The Other One

My two word review - SEE IT.

I saw it last week, not knowing what to expect, and I was smiling the whole time.  Very much worth it...

Natali
Natali

This sounds a lot like the ABC Family show "Huge", which is good, because "Huge" got canceled much too soon. I just wish Nikki Blonsky (she was on the show) had a role.

Musto
Musto

There's a plus sized African American man who belts out an amazing song.

latenitebump
latenitebump

any plus-size, african-american women belting out numbers in the finalé?no aretha's?

Istanbull
Istanbull

If it's cheaper than a Broadway show (and it must be), I might get a ticket.

Ulu
Ulu

"Silly but exuberant." Like my life.

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