Our law students are a very well-rounded bunch. They come to us with skills, expertise, and prior experience that sometimes blows our minds. Once a year, they showcase certain of these talents in the annual Law School Musical. Every February, a large group of students performs an original two-act musical - they write the book from scratch (although it often parodies an exisiting movie or musical plot) and the songs have new lyrics and familiar tunes. The Musical has been around since the 1980s, and most of its alumni have gone on to great legal careers (and not a single one into a career in the legitimate theater). Students do every aspect of it - they make up the ten piece pit band, they do all the tech, set design, and set construction, they write it, direct it, choreograph it, and perform it.
This year's show (put on this past weekend) was entitled "The Musical: Cultural Learnings of University of Chicago for the Make Benefit Glorious Lives of Law Students." As you might imagine, something of a Borat parody ensued. The plot, however, is never the point - gentle mockery of the school, the professors, the students, and the staff is. Those who attended were treated to a student playing Dean Levmore (dressed as the Pope), a student playing Judge Posner (characterized as a Mafia don), and students doing fine imitations of about half the faculty, including Professors Sunstein, Helmholz, and Conyers. Song parodies included a version of "SexyBack" about the Socratic Method (seriously) and a finale to the tune of "Don't Stop Believin'." We've included a few photos below to give you an idea, but really - they don't do the show justice.
Dean Levmore and Borat share a moment.
The Oompa Loompas (standing in for the workers doing the Library renovation) have their moment in the spotlight.
One big production number...
...and the aforementioned "Don't Stop Believin'" finale.