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  • Funny Moments: The sex scene between Dexter and Kate is both hilariously funny and a whirlwind of destruction. Between the two of them, they managed to accidentally break nearly everything in Kate's bedroom. And get toast on Kate's butt.
  • Genius Bonus: One of Dexter's failed audtions is for a play by real-life controversial British stage performer and directory Steven Berkoff; which he fails for not being "angry" enough. Berkoff's plays are known for their angry, violent, "in yer face" style.
    • Three years before The Elephant Man was a film by David Lynch, it was a play by Bernard Pomerance, so it's not utterly impossible to imagine that it would be turned into a musical.note 
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    • Why cast an American actor like Jeff Goldblum as the protagonist of this very British farce? Well, he would know something about struggling for years to get a big break as a lead and finally getting it playing a hideous, tragic protagonist! (It's something of a happy coincidence that Goldblum was willing to seek work in England because the 1988 WGA strike was in progress in the United States at the time. He didn't want to cross a picket line to perform in a non-union project.)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • An elaborate musical about a sideshow freak isn't so unusual after Side Show, a musical about real-life conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, debuted on Broadway in 1997. For that matter, the Opening Chorus of Elephant! now brings The Greatest Showman to mind — a bearded lady even gets a solo!
    • Elephant! is a a parody of Andrew Lloyd Webber-style musicals staged at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, a West End venue that in real life is particularly famous for mounting elaborate musicals. (It was getting ready to host the world premiere production of Miss Saigon when the film was shot.) Webber now owns that theatre.

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