Cthulhu: the Musical!: A Rock and Roll Puppet Show



Music. Madness. And so, so many tentacles.

Detective John LaGrasse is searching for a murderer. Francine Thurston’s uncle vanished without a trace. The only clue to both mysteries is a bizarre statue worshipped by a nightmarish cult. And it’s leading both of them out to sea, towards a mysterious island they see in their nightmares—and towards insanity.

But you know, with singing puppets.

This play is what, in a sensible universe, would be impossible: a feature-length musical comedy adaptation of one of the least musical or comedic stories ever—H.P. Lovecraft’s cosmic horror classic, The Call of Cthulhu—written to be performed entirely with puppets.

See noir detectives, dancing tentacles, anarchist pirates, broken-hearted academics, sassy monsters, and more, as they sing and dance their way to love, madness, and possibly the end of the world. And still go home with the songs stuck in your head.

Originally written for the hybrid comedy troupe/rock band Puppeteers for Fears, the full script for five actors, and the musical lead sheets for all twelve original songs, are available together here for the first time.

Open the door, open the door, open the door….

“You haven’t truly experienced Lovecraft’s madness until you’ve experienced it in its truest form: As a puppet musical.”– The Portland Mercury”

I don’t even like puppets. But that was some next-level puppet shit.”-Susan, audience member