SOLO MUST DIE: A Musical Parody Premieres in Los Angeles


Will you be in Los Angeles between now and May 27th? Head on over to the Hudson Backstage Theatre near Hollywood and check out a tongue-in-cheek live Star Wars musical – SOLO MUST DIE: A Musical Parody. To hear some sound clips from the premiere, check out Episode 212 of Skywalking Through Neverland when it airs this week.

Back: Michelle Wicklas, Alex Lewis, Cooper Karn, Sean Draper. Front: Jordan Stidham as Han Solo, Keenan Montgomery as Lando. Photo by Aaron Tocchi

Star Wars fans Jordan and Ari Stidham, Hughie Stone Fish and Steven Brandon decided to celebrate the opening of Solo: A Star Wars Story with their own Han Solo story. In an untold adventure somewhere between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, Han Solo crash lands in Cloud City and is torn between his smuggler past and his new status as a galactic hero. He and Lando sing and dance their troubles away, trying to make it out of this story alive.

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During the production we meet characters both familiar and new: Grand Moff Levine is one of Vader’s un darlings, and hopes to impress Darth Vader by killing Han Solo. You may also see Chewie, Luke, Kylo Ren, BB-8, J.J. Binks and visions of Leia. Live musical theater has a much smaller budget than Solo: A Star Wars Story, and the cast takes this to heart. How do you create a working BB-8 puppet with a low budget? With a medicine ball and collander, of course!

BB-8 puppeteered by Michelle Wicklas

SOLO MUST DIE: A Musical Parody features 9 original songs, with book by Jordan Stidham and Ari Stidham, music and lyrics by Hughie Stone Fish and Ari Stidham. The play is directed by Ari Stidham and produced by Steven Brandon.


The production is set for a 4 week run: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm.

The Hudson Backstage Theatre
6539 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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