Fannish Plays and Musicals

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Fannish plays and musicals are most commonly parodies of mundane plays and movies. They are frequently faan fiction.


(ordered by date)


Fannish musicals (also called filk operettas) are usually spoofs of mundane musicals with fannish or stfnal themes, and have a long and honored history in fandom.

Title Composer Performed Notes
1986 Richard Kolker Lunacon 23, March 14-16, 1980
Another Part of the Trilogy John M. Ford Boskone 34, 25th World Fantasy Convention
Back to Rivets or, Mik Ado About Nothing Mark Keller and Sue Anderson Boskone 14 Collected in Rivets!
The Booze Brothers Ian Sorenson
Captain Future Meets Gilbert and Sullivan Steve and Virginia Schultheis 1967: Westercon XX, 1972: Boskone 9
The Decomposers; or, Rivets Has Risen from the Grave Mark Keller and Sue Anderson Boskone 16 Collected in Rivets!
Enterprise Minicon 9
Faans II Leah Zeldes Smith Published as a script in 1988
The Fandoliers, or the King of BaraTAFFia Ruth Berman
Fundament! Maria Hamilton Conine
The Galactic Gaieties Hal Lynch, Steve Schultheis, and Virginia Schultheis Pittcon 1960 (Worldcon)
Happy Birthday Doctor! Katherine Phelps 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Hatty, or St. Simon's Bride Karen Anderson 1995
H.M.S. Trek-a-Star Karen Anderson Baycon What a Star Trek episode might have been if it had been scripted by Gilbert & Sullivan
Inside 2001: A Space Opera Alexis Gilliland
Joe Phaust Lee Harding Eastercon '73
Jophan! Erwin S. "Filthy Pierre" Strauss Based on The Enchanted Duplicator
"Legion of Legions" Widner adaptation of a burlesque by Chauvenet Boskone II
Midwest Side Story Minicon 12, Minicon 33 First performed in 1977. Script published in Midwestside Story
The Mimeo Man Debbie Notkin, Eli Cohen, Moshe Feder Minicon 11, Disclave 19, PgHLANGE VI
My Claire Lady Ian Sorenson Novacon 28 A send-up of Croydon Fandom
The Pirates of Fenzance John Pomeranz (with additional lyrics by Mary Bentley) LoneStarCon II (revived at BucConeer)
Rivets Redux; or, What Ever Happened to Helminth of Boskone? Mark Keller and Sue Anderson Boskone 15 Collected in Rivets!
Smoflahoma John Pomeranz Noreascon 3
Songs from Space Laurence Sandfield 1957 Not performed as a musical but a collection of songs with a fannish SF frame
Spock in Manacles Kate Davies & Ian Sorensen BECCON '85 Collected in The Beccon Plays
Stringworld Shelby Bush III and Bernard J. Willinger Rivercon III
Untitled Christmas musical Damon Knight, Anthony Boucher, Fritz Leiber, and Robert Bloch Clevention A fannish version of A Christmas Carol. See Sam Moskowitz' Clevention Reminiscence for details.

See also Fannish Film, Tapera, Burlesques, Drama, Ian Sorenson.

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