Fans of MuMo have turned a musicals sing-along night into a must-see show.
A female with a fake mustache lip-syncs to “Hello, Dolly.” A guy with a beard lip-syncs as Dolly Parton from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. An entire choir of nuns using jackets and blankets as habits lip-syncs along to “Hail Holy Queen” from Sister Act. These are just a few of the numbers from a recent edition of Musical Mondays at Rage in West Hollywood.
The Monday night staple features live performers, video screens with movie clips and, most important, a campy, highly entertaining performance troupe called the Fans of MuMo lip-syncing along to the musical classics.
“The Fans of MuMo are a group of patrons who decided that the ultimate tribute to the clips from the musicals they love was to perform them in front of the video screens,” says Fans of MuMo co-founder Andrew Blau. “Part parody, part homage, it’s Rocky Horror shadowcasting meets Civil War re-enactment with an emphasis on sharing [our] love for musicals.” Whether shouting clap-backs to “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” or handing out bells for the audience to shake during Liza Minnelli’s “Ring Them Bells,” Blau’s description proved to be incredibly accurate on a recent Monday night.
So where did the Fans of MuMo begin? The Musical Mondays night first took form at Revolver Nightclub before moving to Eleven (which is now Flaming Saddles) just under 10 years ago. DJ Keith Jacobson and his wife, promoter-bartender Ishka Maher, have been helming the night ever since its run at Eleven, and have been working in WeHo for 27 years. The Fans of MuMo specifically began as a response to an…
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