So I saw Geekenders’ Portal 2: The (Unauthorized) Musical the other day and I cannot get over how clever the song choices are.
Like. Of course GLaDOS is going to sing “I’m Alive.” And of course she gets “Poor Unfortunate
Souls Test Subjects,” that maliciously-claiming-to-do-what’s-best-for-you attitude is right up her alley, as much as the fast-talking-salesman attitude of “Trouble” fits Cave Johnson perfectly. And Wheatley really fits the being-condescending-but-in-a-way-that-makes-me-seem-polite style of “Why Can’t The English Subjects.” And while I don’t know the context of “Suddenly Seymour” because I had a very frightening exposure to Audrey 2 as a child that I’m not entirely over yet, my wariness of that musical gave “Suddenly Wheatley” a surprisingly appropriate foreshadowing edge.
But the one that’s really sticking with me, and I really hope that Geekenders did this intentionally, is “If You Could See You.” Because the original context of that Cabaret song had my skin crawling the whole time, even before the other shoe dropped. It’s the Cabaret song that ends with “If you could see her through my eyes / she wouldn’t look Jewish at all.” It’s the one where the guy is dancing with his
gorilla girlfriend and acting all sweet and loving the whole song through but at the last moment reveals the antisemitic piece of shit he truly is. And in the Portal 2 musical, it becomes the one where the guy is dancing with his assistant girlfriend and acting all sweet and loving the whole song through but at the last moment reveals the abusive piece of shit he truly is.
I really hope Geekenders were aware of the connections they were making there because that’s terrifyingly clever in its creepiness.