Paul L. Caron

Monday, March 2, 2020

The University Of Shrek-ago: The University Of Chicago Law School Musical

The Chicago Maroon, Somebody Once Told Me the UChicago Law School Had A Musical, So I Rolled with It:

ShrekThey may be learning how to write amicus briefs and mull over the federal tax code, but in their performance of The University of Shrek-ago: The Law School Musical this past weekend, UChicago law students showed that not all fun is dead for law students.

When I first heard about this performance, I, like I assume most people would, thought “Why the hell are law students doing a musical? Do law students, especially at UChicago, even have fun?” And, what I thought was the most important question: “Who would even go?” ...

Let me start off by saying the Law School Musical students did not disappoint. I laughed throughout the whole show, and it was great to see a group of UChicago grad students genuinely enjoying themselves on stage.

The show was a satirical portrayal of law school life and featured parodied-versions of popular songs tailored to the UChicago Law School experience. My personal favorite line was in a song to the tune of Smash Mouth’s “All Star.” The students sang, “Hey now, you’re a law star/ put your suit on go slay!/ Hey now, you’re a sellout/ go to big law/ get paid.” (Shout out to the show writers for paying tribute to the classic Shrek anthem). The actors were all surprisingly good singers, and their enthusiasm truly shone. ...

So all in all, was The University of Shrek-ago: The Law School Musical actually a good show? Well the jury’s still out on that one, but I can tell you I will definitely be looking out for the annual Law School show next winter.

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