Diddy Kong Racing: The Musical
Photo by Mallory Jacobson LLC
I can still see it. My buddies and I huddled shoulder-to-shoulder on a couch in my friend’s basement—picture the Forman’s basement from That 70’s Show, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of the surroundings—each clutching a different colored Nintendo 64 controller creating an almost ROYGBIV spectrum across our laps (my future physics teacher would be so proud). While we feverishly stared at a 32-inch space station of a TV, each of us controlled a virtual animal in a racing kart as we competed for Diddy Kong Racing basement supremacy amidst a mountain of empty Mountain Dew cans—which we affectionately and ironically called Mt. Dew. What I wouldn’t give to go back.
While those days may be gone, the spirit of this polygonal virtual world lives on, but in a more theatrical way. “Diddy Kong Racing: The Musical,” a parody of the classic Nintendo 64 game, drives its way to The Cabaret at Camp in St. Paul April 20-28, and parks itself for only four performances.
Join the young tiger Timber and the rest of the Diddy Kong Racing crew—Pipsy, Banjo, Conker, and Krunch—as they try to save their island and its racetracks from the evil space pig wizard, WizPig, to the tune of rewritten music ripped from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s original score. Will they have what it takes to drive out the pig menace and have him crying “wee, wee, wee” all the way home, or will their efforts crash and burn worse than Paul Walker?
General tickets ($25 for general admission and $35 for reserved table seating) for the event can be found online or by phone at 800-838-3006. The purchase comes with your choice of a package of Fruit Rollups, Gushers or Fruit by the Foot, so it really is like you stepped into a time machine and were transported back to your friend’s basement.