Cult classic Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog — a project born out of the 2008 writers' strike by sci-fi darling Joss Whedon — will no longer be issuing licenses for the live show, the creators announced on their site recently. This means that the Landless Theater's production, currently at the D.C. Arts Center, will be the last chance Dr. Horrible fans have for a while to see it in person.
"Looks like we got our production in just in time," said Andrew Baughman, producing artistic director for Landless in an e-mail. "Not sure what's next for Dr. H. (I'm hoping for a Broadway show with the original cast), but this could be one of the last chances for audiences to experience a live sing-along production anywhere for a long time."
The artistic team from Dr. Horrible did not respond to a request for comment about their future plans.
Dr. Horrible is the story of an aspiring villain, his nemesis, and Penny, the girl they both love. The original was produced as a web-only miniseries starring Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day, and it went on to win a Creative Arts Emmy for short-format live action entertainment programs. You can watch clips of the series on Trailer Addict.
Since then, Dr. Horrible has gone on to achieve a cult following of Whedon fans, one that Baughman courted when he decided to produce the show: "'Dr. Horrible' was something we'd been looking at for a long time, something that would reach a niche audience," he told Express. Though the original Dr. Horrible is only 45 minutes long, Baughman added songs from the DVD's "Commentary! The Musical" to round out the show.
D.C. Theatre Scene's Tim Treanor reviewed the production for the site, and praised Karissa Swanigan’s choreography, as well as a rap performed by Baughman. Treanor added: "Of course, many in the audience were in fine voice (this is a sing-along, remember), with pitch-perfect memories of the YouTube experience. Regrettably, they were not credited in the program so I cannot give you their names."