Harvard Law School Parody

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Harvard Law School Parody
The 2013 Harvard Law School Parody: The Wizard of Laws
Productions 2013 Harvard Law School

The Harvard Law School Parody is an annual parody musical put on by students at Harvard Law School. Over the Parody's week-long run every spring, more than half of Harvard Law School's entire student body attends the show.[1]

History[edit]

The Harvard Law School Drama Society dates back to 1961. During its existence, the Drama Society has performed a variety of humorous pieces focused on the law school experience, including musical revues and sketch comedy shows. Since the late 1980s, the Drama Society has focused exclusively on the Parody.[2] Recent Parody themes have included The Hark Knight (referring to Harvard Law School's Student Center, known by students as "The Hark," and a spoof of The Dark Knight);[3] Ocean's Replevin (a spoof of Ocean's Eleven);[4] Twilitem: De Novo Moon (a spoof of Twilight);[5] and Martha Minow and the J.D. Factory (referring to Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow, and a spoof of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).[6] More than 70 Harvard Law School Students participate in the Parody every year.

2013 Theme - "The Wizard of Laws"[edit]

The 2013 Harvard Law Parody followed Dorothy, Scarebro, Tina Tinman, and Lionel as they attempted to obtain the comb of Wicked Witch Noah Feldman. The HLS Drama Society performed five nights from March 2, 2013 through March 6, 2013. The show ran to generally positive reviews.[7]

2014 Theme - "The Lawyer King: The Circle of Law"[edit]

The 2014 edition of the Parody followed Simba ("It's a very common name"), the 1L son of Dean Minfasa and heir-apparent to the Deanship, and Nala, another 1L, around the HLS campus during orientation, the 1L Cup games, on-campus interviews with law firms, the Ames Moot Court Room, and to the WilmerHale Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain, MA, as Professor Alan Dershowitz (filling the role of Scar) takes over the campus with the help of the Federalist Society (similar to the hyenas) instead of embarking on his impending retirement.

The show ran five nights from February 27, 2014 through March 3, 2014. The show featured unprecedented special lighting, audio, and video effects, including lines read by Dershowitz on recorded video as he had moved to New York after retiring in December 2013, as well as the most professor cameos to date in a Parody, including Professors Jon Hanson (filling a Timon-like role), Dean Alexa Shabecoff (in a Pumba-like role), Charles Nesson (filling a Rafiki-like role), Charles Ogletree (as himself), Jeannie Suk (as herself), Bob Bordone (as himself), Jonathan Zittrain (as himself), Dean Martha Minow (in a Mufasa-like role), Dean Ellen Cosgrove (as a Zazu-like character), Dean Mark Weber (as himself), Mark Tushnet (as himself), and Charles Fried (as himself). The show was met with a positive review from the HL Record, whose small readership was itself mocked in good taste by the show.[8]

Additionally, the 2014 Parody moved away from a nearly 3-hour script to almost under 2 hours, while still employing 9 songs parodies and dance numbers:

The opening theme from the Lion King
R. Kelly's "Remix to Ignition" (as "Admission")
Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (as "What I Learned 1L")
Wham!'s "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" (as "Pay up, This Ain't Pro Bono")
NSync's "Tearin' Up My Heart" (as "Tearin' Up The Hark" -- HLS's cafeteria)
Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (as "Posner Case")
Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" (as "Damn Cold Call")
Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" (as "Gunner's Paradise")
Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" (as "Don't Stop Achievin'")

The dance arrangements ranged from full cast interpretative dances and five-man boy band moves to hip-hop and ballet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Harvard Law School Parody". Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  2. ^ "Parody History". Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  3. ^ "Parody: Hark Knight skewers Sunstein, student body". Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  4. ^ "Ocean's Replevin". Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  5. ^ "HLSDS spins "Twilight" to get lawyers in the act". Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  6. ^ "HLS Parody 2012". Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  7. ^ "Parody Doesn't Disappoint". Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  8. ^ "Circle OF Laws Review". Retrieved 2014-08-07. 

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