By Taylor Roberts
Get up close and personal with the “An-i-mane-ie” and “totally insane-ie” crew of Animaniacs in Concert when they play The Lincoln Center on February 8th! Performed by the original series composer Randy Rogel and accompanied by the voice talents of Rob Paulsen (Yakko), Jess Harnell (Wakko) and Maurice LaMarche (Brain from Pinky and the Brain), you won’t need a time machine to go back and enjoy this beloved 90s cartoon which featured songs and sketches that pushed the boundaries of comedy.
“Being able to do that music live is a huge gift,” says Rob Paulsen, a prolific voice actor known for Yakko and many more cartoon characters spanning from the 80s to today. “We’re not a tribute band, we’re the real deal,” Paulsen says of the live performance.
“It’s an iconic show,” says Paulsen. “Twenty-five years later, kids love it because they stream it, adults love it because they watched it growing up, and grandparents love it because they remember watching it with their kids.”
Animaniacs in Concert is a fun and unique experience because the audience gets to watch the voice actors perform live while the cartoon characters are projected on the big screen behind them. Even better, these Emmy-winning favorite songs are accompanied by Wes Kenney and the CSU University Symphony Orchestra.
“Folks enjoy the music and I often see them singing along. When we perform songs in real time to match the screen, the audience goes nuts! I’ll be singing with the live orchestra and giant screen Yakko will be singing with the music and the vocals all coming directly from the stage. It’s a pretty cool parlor trick. The audience really enjoys it — almost as much as Randy and me,” says Paulsen.
The audience also gets to experience music that didn’t make it into the show. “One of my favorite parts of the show is getting to see the looks on people’s faces when they hear a song that didn’t make it in the show. The songs that didn’t make it in are utterly as remarkable as the ones that did and won Randy all those Emmys,” says Paulsen.
So just sit back and relax, you’ll laugh ’til you collapse for the An-i-man-i-acs! Seats from $20 at LCtix.com.