“A Cheerful, Zany Trifle.” – Thanks Backstage!
It’s significant that “Pope! An Epic Musical” begins with kids wishing each other “Happy last day of eighth grade!” Though it flirts with grown-up irreverence, the lively tuner is a juvenile romp that should appeal to fans of television cartoons…
Because of peppy performances—especially by Woody Allen–ish Ryan Nelson as the title character and Jonathan Roufaeal, who leads a rousing gospel number—inventive direction by Greg Moran, and a promising score by book writer–lyricist Justin Moran and composer Christopher Pappas, “Pope!” is a cheerful, zany trifle.
Not bad for a cartoon-style adventure musical!