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Team StarKid is a loosely-organised musical theatre production troupe, originally from Ann Arbor and currently based in Chicago, who are famous for making A Very Potter Musical.

The group began as friends who met while studying at the University of Michigan and did several projects together, usually in conjunction with Basement Arts, before hitting surprise mainstream success through A Very Potter Musical. Their original musical Me and My Dick broke records as it became the first college musical to break into the Billboards top Cast albums, debuting at number 11. In July 2010, the group released A Very StarKid Album, a compilation album featuring songs from the Harry Potter musicals, Little White Lie, Me and My Dick and some original music; it rose to number 27 on the iTunes charts, beating out Lady Gaga and the Glee soundtrack for a little while. In late 2010, Team StarKid relocated to Chicago in order to establish a repertory theatre company. On November 1st 2010, Team StarKid announced their latest production, Starship, which premiered in Chicago in February 2011 and premiered on YouTube on April 30th 2011. By May 1st, it had risen to #4 on the US iTunes charts. Many of their shows can be considered Affectionate Parody, and contain numerous Shout Outs to other works.


Their official website and links to their projects, music and merchandise can be found on the website.

Their projects are:

  • Little White Lie (2007) — a webseries that follows siblings Sami and Duder Reese, high school musicians in a Battle of the Bands-obsessed school who become rockstars after stealing music from a comatose student and tell lie after lie to keep the truth behind their success secret.
  • AVPM: A Very Potter Musical (2009) — the one that started it all, is a musical parody of the Harry Potter series that mashes together the plots of books 1, 4, 6 and 7. Renowned for its unique, hilarious and genuinely interesting alternate character interpretations, it went viral in June 2009.
  • Me and My Dick (2009) — about Joey Richter and his relationship with his Dick — which walks, talks and has a mind of its own. Joey and Dick attempt to woo Vanessa, the girl of Joey's dreams, not realizing that they are the object of Sally and her Miss Cooter's affections. Think American Pie had it been made by Don Bluth.
  • AVPS: A Very Potter Sequel (2010) — the much-anticipated followup, is actually a Time Travel prequel (in the vein of the the 2009 Star Trek movie) that depicts Harry, Ron and Hermione's first year at Hogwarts, mashing together the plots of books 1, 3 and 5, while Death Eaters from the future travel back in time to off Harry.
  • Starship (2011) — unlike previous StarKid productions, the live performance took place in Chicago, audience members were charged for their tickets, and the video was released as a DVD as well as on YouTube. It's not about Pigfarts — it's set on a planet of bug aliens and follows a rebellious young bug who finds a crashed human spaceship and becomes fascinated with all the evidence of human culture, only to then meet real humans when another spaceship arrives. Darren Criss described the show as "The Little Mermaid meets Aliens".
  • Holy Musical B@man! (2012) — a parody of the DC Comics character Batman, performed in March 2012 and released April 13th on YouTube.
  • AVPSY: A Very Potter Senior Year (2012) — the third (and final) Harry Potter musical. StarKid revealed they had been working on the Threequel in early 2011 and had tentatively planned for a performance and online release around the same time as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2, but the busy schedule of Darren Criss (his roles in Glee and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) made that impossible. A reading of the script featuring nearly every StarKid actor was presented at LeakyCon 2012 and was released on YouTube on March 15th 2013. Luna Lovegood appeared, played by the real Luna, Evanna Lynch herself.
  • Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier (2013) — a parody musical based upon Aladdin and the rest of the Disney Animated Canon from the viewpoint of Ja'far, in the style of Wicked.
  • Ani: A Parody (2014) — a parody musical based on Star Wars centering around Anakin "Ani" Skywalker's quest to relive his glory days. It was released on YouTube on October 31, 2014.
  • The Trail to Oregon! (2014) — a musical loosely based on The Oregon Trail. With only a cast of 6 actors, Joey Richter plays just about everybody.
  • Firebringer (2016) — an original, female-driven musical about cavepeople and the discovery of fire. Performed in August of 2016, premiered on Youtube on January 1, 2017.
  • The Guy Who Didnt Like Musicals (2018)—a horror-comedy musical about a man and his friends who must fight a sinister force that turns the whole world into a musical. Performed in October-November of 2018, premiered on Youtube on December 24, 2018.
  • Black Friday (2019) — the second in the "Hatchetfield series" of horror-comedy shows after The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals, about a fad surrounding a must-have toy that drives holiday shoppers to violence. Planned for October-November 2019.

Other works of note:

  • The StarKid Announcement Videos: The secondary purpose of these semi-regular videos is to inform people of the dates, times and locations of upcoming shows, answer frequently-asked-questions, pimp the StarKid merchandise and let fans know about changes to the website or other things. The main purpose of these videos is to make you laugh your ass off.
  • Jim and the Povolos: Meredith Stepien had the idea in 2011 to take Starkid members who also played instruments and develop a spinoff act as a band, named in honor of Jim Povolo (who is, despite the name, not part of the regular lineup). Members include Clark Baxtresser, Jaime Lyn Beatty, Nick Gage, Brian Holden, Lauren Lopez, Dylan Saunders, Meredith Stepien, and Mark Swiderski. Began as an opening act for their friend Charlene Kaye and a "supporting act" for Team Starkid proper on the SPACE Tour. Released an EP, The Holiday Club, in 2011, and in 2017 finally cut a full-length album, Make Party.
  • The Digitour: In 2011, Team StarKid were part of the Digitour, a travelling tour of musicians and acts who became famous via YouTube. Joey Richter, Brian Holden, Jaime Lyn Beatty, Lauren Lopez, Joe Walker, Dylan Saunders and A.J. Holmes performed songs from AVPM and AVPS, Me and My Dick and Starship in front of live audiences.
  • Funtastic Slamaganza: In 2011, Team StarKid had a charity event to benefit Snow City Arts. It was a variety performance featuring most of the members of Team StarKid who live in Chicago. It included songs from the musicals, songs by Jim and the Povolos, Standup by Meredith Stepien, as well as other acts by the StarKids. This is also where the first announcement was made confirming A Very Potter Senior Year for 2012.
  • The SPACE Tour: Similar to the Digitour and Funtastic Slamaganza, the SPACE Tour is a performance of various StarKid songs that toured through the U.S. Midwest and East Coast. Charlene Kaye, who is a friend of most of the members of Team StarKid from college, is opening on the tour. The tour includes the eastern United States and London... Ontario. A concert album of the New York City show was released on March 13, 2012. A DVD based on the tour including behind-the-scenes footage was released later that month on the 24th.
  • Apocalyptour: StarKid's second national tour, which is more story driven than the SPACE Tour. The StarKids, having given up singing and dancing, have turned to their true passion of archaeological digs until they unearth the Mayan God of Chaos and Death, Margaret, who is ready to bring about the 2012 apocalypse. Fortunately, Margaret is also the Mayan God of Musical Theater, and gives the StarKids a chance to save the world by putting on a concert. Unlike the SPACE Tour, Apocalyptour visited several venues on the West Coast.
  • Airport For Birds (And Other Great Ideas): The team's first sketch show presented in partnership with Second City Chicago in January-March 2013.
  • 1-Night-2-Last-3-Ever: A second sketch show which was performed in Fall 2013. It centered around the fictional boy band 3Ever and featuring sketches based around 1990's culture and nostalgia.
  • Starkid Takes Manhattan: The fifth anniversary of AVPM, with songs from all of their previous shows, including Twisted.
  • Starkid Summer Season 2014: In addition to performing The Trail to Oregon! and Ani: A Parody the team also put on various shows on a smaller-scale. These shows were performed late at night after the musicals and ranged from sketch comedy, to stand up, to dance and everything in between.
  • A Very Starkid Reunion: A show performed at the University of Michigan in October 2015 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the UMich School of Music, Theater and Dance. Unlike the SPACE Tour and Apocalyptour, this show brought back most of the original actors from all of Starkid's past stage shows to recreate classic musical numbers in full — including bringing back long-absent Starkid and UMich alum Darren Criss.
  • Starkid Summer Season 2016: Similar to the 2014 season, the team used late night shows to offset the cost of producing Firebringer.
  • Movies, Musicals and Me: A somewhat bizarre side project, originating as a two-man show with Al Fallick and Clark Baxtresser in LA in July 2016, then expanded and rereleased as a Web show on YouTube in 2017. Produced by Al Fallick, Clark Baxtresser, Pierce Siebers, Nick Lang and Brian Holden. In a parody of All Musicals Are Adaptations, the show takes place in a world where every popular film ever released has been adapted into a musical, from The Godfather to the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and, moreover, one starring a very old-fashioned campy Broadway diva named Halpert Evans. The show is presented as a greatest hits showcase of Evans' career, with Al Fallick playing Halpert Evans and Clark Baxtresser as his longtime accompanist and biggest fan Courtney. Includes appearances from Starkid regulars Jaime Lyn Beatty, Corey Dorris, Brian Holden, Nick Lang, Lauren Lopez, Joey Richter, and Dylan Saunders, along with Mary Kate Wiles from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
  • Starkid Homecoming: Starkid's most ambitious reunion concert yet, reuniting all of Starkid's past performers including Darren Criss and the original Hermione, Bonnie Gruesen Socha, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of A Very Potter Musical for one night only in Los Angeles, July 25, 2019 (later expanded to two nights due to popularity and the Kickstarter reaching over $547,000).

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