Check Out This ‘Breaking Bad’ Rock Opera

By September 4, 2013

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Any fan of masterful, spellbinding television is familiar with AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” the long-running series centering on the transformation of high school science teacher Walter White into the a meth kingpin. The series is in its final season, and with only four more episodes left, the suspense is at an all-time high. Will creator Vince Gilligan and his amazingly talented writing staff be able to end the show in a satisfying way and secure its place as one of the best TV shows in the history of the medium? We only have a few more weeks to find out.

Until then, though, some performers at the UCB Theater here in Los Angeles have put together an hour-long musical devoted to the show. Based on “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” this one’s called “Walter White and the Amazing Blue Crystal Meth: A Breaking Bad Rock Opera.” It’s a season-by-season retelling of the show, complete with a rapping Jesse Pinkman and a soulful Mike Ehrmantraut (though it ends before this current back half of Season 5 begins, with Hank Schrader sitting on the toilet).

It’s not long before parodies like this will vanish from the pop culture sphere as everyone moves on to The Next Big Thing, but we’ll relish things like this while we can in these last few weeks before the show’s end. Watch the full musical below (via Vulture):

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