Archie's Weird Parody, to me, feels like the future of Archie Comics. The anthropomorphization of Riverdale the town shows a clear and in-depth understanding of Archie Comics and Riverdale that few possess. The actors are all INCREDIBLY talented and the music is stunningly well-written. This show is a must-see, and I can't wait to see what happens next for the cast, crew, and production."
"Important, Sincere, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing. See it if You enjoy heartfelt queer narratives about escaping your fate"
"Can't see a better show. Each performer is extremely talented and unbeatable as a group. Highly recommended"
"What a fun show. The actors are all wonderful. The music and lyrics are catchy. I am still humming one .I came completely cold and was pleasantly surprised.No spoilers but the end is just great!"
"This show is a comedy that seeks to shed light on deeper issues, past the surface-level laughs. It's a show that encourages you to laugh at the seriousness, cry at the pursuit to escape a persistent narrative, and wants you to cheer for its characters."
To start, what is Archie’s Weird Parody?
Klein: Archie’s Weird Parody is a rock musical about the characters of Archie trying to escape a pre-written story. It’s about suburbia, conforming, and wanting more for yourself. It explores the safety of suburbia for marginalized people, especially if that suburbia is in an unchanging comic book. Jughead takes the lead in a quest to understand what it means to break out of a mold, while the rest of the Archie gang go on their own journeys to better understand themselves and the town that they live in.
Raymond: It’s a story about storytelling, and about what gets lost or added when certain people tell stories. It’s about the Archie characters discovering and claiming their autonomy and individuality by becoming their own authors.
Neil, how did you get all this from Archie and Riverdale?
Klein: Until 1989, the Comics Code Authority would not bear the CCA seal, showing a comic was approved under the code, and in turn “appropriate” and “worthwhile” to be sold if a character seen as morally good was also seen as queer. Pure censorship! I love Archie and Riverdale, and as I learned more about both, it became clear to me that this wasn’t just censorship of what might’ve been, but censorship of what (to me) clearly already was. I saw clear queer narratives hidden in the pages of Archie Comics, and I myself yearned for the freedom of these characters. So in the spirit of anti-censorship, I wrote a show about these characters talking out loud about their queer identities, and talking out loud about what it means to be people of color in suburbia.
Max, you play Archie Andrews. Is he queer in Archie’s Weird Parody?
Raymond: Yes. Since the first version of the show, the focal point of Archie’s journey has been the tension between the romantic desire he’s expected to have for Betty and the romantic desire he actually has for Jughead. That journey is what initially drew me to the