Who? Albert Samuels
What? Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical
Where? Assembly George Square Studios (venue 17)
Are you prepared for what this year’s Edinburgh Fringe has in store for you?
No. Our show is improvised brand new every night, so the show is brand new to us too. Also, we’re a group from the States, and if Trump hasn’t blown the world up by then, I will be pleasantly surprised that the Scottish don’t try to murder us in our sleep for being American.
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
We take a bunch of titles from the audience of the title of a musical that’s never been performed before. The audience votes on the title they want to see and we make it up on the spot. Some previous titles we’ve performed: “Tinder in the Animal Kingdom”, “Fake Newsies”, and “Centaur, Put That Down!”. Of all the audience we play for around the world, the Scottish give us the cleverest, and usually the most demented, titles. Fun fact- most of our band are local home-grown Scottish musicians. They’re the true talent.
What was the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
Keeping updated on just about everything in pop culture, history and musicals, since the audience can and does yell out just about anything. We performed an improvised musical a few years ago at Fringe based on the suggestion “Kanye West Side Story”, so we had to know a ton about the Bernstein/Sondheim musical, the Kanye/Taylor Swift feud and be ready to improvise a lot of raps.
Who would most enjoy your show?
People who love musicals… and people who really hate musicals.
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
Daniel Kitson. And Thrones! The Musical Parody.
What is your favourite thing about Edinburgh as a city?
I have been to Edinburgh 12 times before for Fringe, and it never feels small. It always feel fresh and new.
What are your plans for after the festival?
Not sure. You have an extra room?