The Troubadours (“Troubies“) are known for their comedic mash-ups of well-known stories with popular music and this one is loosely based on the 1970 Stop Motion Animated TV Special “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” that starred Fred Astaire as the Narrator and Keenan Wynn as The Winter Warlock. If you can imagine poop jokes and broad cartoon acting telling a racy (!) origin story of Kris Kringle interspersed with Motown classics that have slight lyric changes, then you are starting to get the idea of the wacky weirdness being offered in SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO MOTOWN.
I think their aim is to get you to revert to childhood and have a goofy good time. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work on this show. It’s easy enough to watch, but there is more groaning than laughter or applause coming from the house. There is a lot of improvisation and cracking up on stage, certainly the performers are enjoying themselves. It’s a shame the audience is being left out of most of the fun.