Welcome to Right on Cue, the podcast where we interview film, TV, and video game composers about the origins and nuances of their latest works.
Sometimes, the dumbest things are the most delightful — and that’s certainly the case with A24’s riotous new musical, Dicks: The Musical. A tongue-in-cheek (and other places) song-and-dance comedy, Dicks: The Musical started out as an hourlong show at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City, written by and starring Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson who play two definitely identical twins who find each other and decide to get their estranged parents back together, Parent Trap-style. Problem is, their parents are even crazier than they are, leading to a cavalcade of numbers about incest, sociopathy, not having a pussy, and spit-feeding ham to two tiny animatronic freaks called the Sewer Boys.
The duo responsible for such disgusting earworms are songwriters Karl Saint Lucy (who wrote for the original UCB show) and Grammy-winning music producer Marius de Vries of La La Land and Moulin Rouge! fame. Together, they expanded songs from the musical, made new ones out of whole cloth, and leveraged a bevy of musical influences to build the sprightly, surprising songbook featured in the film. Think the R&B-fueled jam of “I’m Lonely,” or the chipper instrumentation belying untold sex crimes in “You Can’t Give Up.” And, of course, we can’t forget Megan Thee Stallion’s thumping hip-hop number, “Out Alpha the Alpha.”
This week, we speak to the pair about their collaboration, the long road to release, and finding the funny in the filthy.
Dicks: The Musical is currently playing in theaters. You can also listen to the soundtrack on your preferred music streaming service courtesy of A24 Music.