The classic television cartoon Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? is known throughout the land as classic comedy with a twist of fright. Since 1969, children of all ages have followed the tried and true plot line that always begins with the “Scooby Gang” — Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, Norville “Shaggy” Rogers and their semi-talking Great Dane named Scooby-Doo — stumbling into another mystery. Usually, someone needs their help to investigate a supposed ghost or monster that is driving away the customers. After the climactic chase scene, the Gang reveals that the monster is just a costume or magician’s trick, and the bad guy is always someone we met earlier in the story. The tried-but-true plot line is always the same.
The actors playing the iconic characters did a wonderful job with their energy and enthusiasm…
Maybe that is why during the live version entitled Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries at the Warner Theatre, produced by Life Like Touring, one could hear a pin drop after they revealed the bad guy. Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries really doesn’t follow the game plan. This bad guy wasn’t in the show until the reveal, and we were all confused! Even the six-year-olds in the audience realized something is off.
The actors playing the iconic characters did a wonderful job with their energy and enthusiasm, but at times during the story they looked confused as well. We did, however, enjoy the final song, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” sung by the entire cast — in the very right and traditional way.
Running Time: Approximately 90 minutes with a 20-minute intermission.
Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries at the Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. Washington, DC, played only one day, February 16, 2013 for two performances. Click here for touring information.