Based on a true story, Cannibal! The Musical tells of the only reported incident of cannibalism in the history of the
Written by Trey Parker of South Park fame we might have expected more from the script of Cannibal - and at least some decent musical numbers. These fail to materialise however, and despite the many insider jokes (I had to do my research to comprehend them) there is little to be said for the humour. Jokes are often either too obvious - relying on swearing or slapstick - or simply badly told. Many of the subtler puns or punch-lines are lost in the void between stage and audience. It also says something about the musical when the funniest moments often come from Packer’s busty brunette of a mount – that is ‘horse’ – rather than central characters.
Surprisingly dull for a musical comedy about eating people, this was a disappointing, often hard to digest, attempt at a musical comedy.