Yippee Ki Yay Merry Christmas: A Die Hard Christmas Musical | MCL Chicago | Holiday Shows, Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Yippee Ki Yay Merry Christmas: A Die Hard Christmas Musical Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater) Image

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 9 2016

Let’s be frank: Die Hard, the 1988 actioner that launched Bruce Willis’s film career and inspired a thousand knockoffs, is already a hilarious movie. Did it really need the musical spoof treatment (or, for Bob’s Burgers fans, another one)? Ready or not, Michael Shepherd Jordan’s popgun-popping laffer is making a return MCL engagement this holiday season after last year’s wildly successful run. The production has an impeccable Alan Rickman impersonator in Mark Rudy and some good riffs on cocaine and FBI Special Agent Johnson. But the cast’s timing is off, which keeps a stapled-on Laquan McDonald reference from landing. And the humor’s confused: Alan Metoskie’s barefoot “Bruce McClane” goes from pissed-off straight man to silly jokester in a New York minute. Thankfully, at only an hour and BYOB, it’s an outing that won’t make you feel you’ve been taken hostage at Nakatomi Plaza. —Andrew Lapin

Price: $20


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