Advance Review! Neil Patrick Harris in Musical Episode of Batman| October 16, 2009 at 10:13 AM EDT
Every time I think good ol’ NPH (Neil Patrick Harris) can’t get more interesting, he does something else awesome to top his last most awesome attempt. Case in point – he’s the vocal star of a new episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Neil’s episode is called Mayhem of the Music Meister and it’ll air Friday, October 23rd on @ 7:30 et/pt on the Cartoon Network.
I had a chance to preview this half hour episode, and I loved it. Kids might not know who Neil Patrick Harris is (we should introduce them to him!) but they will definitely appreciate his vocal work. Kids/preteens (I don’t want to offend them with terms!) will like this episode because it’s hard to not love a musical when a cartoon gorilla is doing some of the singing!
I was not super interested in the plot, but there are some strong songs and I enjoyed the dancing choreography that is used for fighting. (I was a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s musical episode, yes.) The obvious romance between Black Canary’s flirty intentions towards Batman is totally scandalous, btw!
The soundtrack will be available on iTunes and Amazon on October 24th. You’ll definitely want it, the songs are fun even if you can’t sound as great singing them as NPH. I hope someone dresses up like The Music Meister for Halloween.
“He’s got no super powers, he’s just a flying rat!” – The Music Meister
The half-hour rock-pop opera Mayhem of the Music Meister! features Harris as an all-new villain—The Music Meister—bent on overthrowing Gotham City and the entire world through the power of his beguiling singing voice. The entire heroic cast joins in the chorus, answering The Music Meister’s call with their own singing capabilities, including Jeff Bennett as Batman, Grey Delisle as Black Canary and James Arnold Taylor as Green Arrow.
The original score is composed by Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion and Lolita Ritmanis, who form Dynamic Music Partners. Lyrics for the songs were written by Michael Jelenic and James Tucker.
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