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Rivercity the Musical



For audiences who grew up reading Archie comics as a kid, this show will bring back a lot of memories, although—copyright laws being what they are—every name and detail is changed just a smidge. Accompanied by the band Joey and the Tomcats, the small, four-person cast does an amazing job of embodying nearly a dozen “Rivercity” characters physically and with a great deal of clever cross-dressing (the gender-bending portrayal of Reginald was a favourite). In a refreshing change of pace, this tale gives a bit more stage time to B Cooper and a bit less time to that annoying, bumbling red-headed kid. This could have been taken even further to give the show a really unique twist. Some jokes poke fun of or are throwbacks to the comic books and may fly over the heads of unfamiliar audiences. But, those who liked Archie comics, and the onomatopoeias therein, will dig this show a lot. Reviewed by Bryan Saunders


Gig City


Total Score
3/ 5

Reader Rating
34 total ratings



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  • 10:45 pm - 2017/08/18
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Posted 2017/08/19 by



One Review


    The musical was thoroughly enjoyable. The music, acting, and jokes brought me back to the days I read the Archie Comics. It definitely poked fun at Edmonton and Canadian lifestyles, but gave me a good laugh. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the comics. I especially loved the onomatopoeia lines, rather than sounds. The actors and actresses did a wonderful job and I wish I could watch it again.

    For reference, it stayed close to the Archie Comics story style rather than the Netflix version, Riverdale.

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