'Harry Potter'
star Daniel Radcliffe may be preparing for his upcoming role in the Broadway musical 'How to Succeed in Business ...,' but the musical the Potterverse is all dying to see isn't on the Great White Way, it's on the Internet: 'A Very Potter Sequel,' a fan-made parody musical written, produced and starring Team StarKid, a troupe of University of Michigan students and grads.

The StarKid twenty-somethings, most of whom met at U-M's theater department, became an Internet sensation last year when they uploaded their hilarious original production, 'A Very Potter Musical', to YouTube for their friends and family to see. What they thought would reach maybe a few hundred people in their extended social networks has been literally uploaded millions of times by Harry Potter fans around the world.

'Harry Potter'
star Daniel Radcliffe may be preparing for his upcoming role in the Broadway musical 'How to Succeed in Business ...,' but the musical the Potterverse is all dying to see isn't on the Great White Way, it's on the Internet: 'A Very Potter Sequel,' a fan-made parody musical written, produced and starring Team StarKid, a troupe of University of Michigan students and grads.

The StarKid twenty-somethings, most of whom met at U-M's musical theater department, became an Internet sensation last year when they uploaded their hilarious original production, 'A Very Potter Musical', to YouTube for their friends and family to see. What they thought would reach maybe a few hundred people in their extended social networks has been literally uploaded millions of times by Harry Potter fans around the world.

Written by U-M friends and fellow 'Harry Potter' fans Brian Holden, Matt Lang and Nick Lang (script) and Darren Criss and A.J. Homes (score), the musical, which became one of the viral videos of 2009, catapulted the young performers, especially the ones who played Harry (Darren Criss), Ron (Joey Richter), Hermione (Bonnie Gruesen) and Draco (Lauren Lopez, yes, Draco is played by a girl), into a level of fandom stardom that's only slightly lower than the actual film actors. Considering the fan response, it's no surprise that Team StarKid regrouped and developed 'A Very Potter Sequel.'
A Very Potter Sequel
At the recent Harry Potter fan conference Infinitus in Orlando, thousands of fans spontaneously broke into renditions of the original's songs like 'Goin' Back to Hogwarts,' and waited for hours to watch more than a dozen TeamStarkid members introduce the first viewing of 'A Very Potter Sequel' since it was performed at the University of Michigan in May. Now the rest of the world can watch the 'AVPS' too, but before you do, here's a quick primer.

1. It's a full-length musical, so unless you have two-hours-plus to see it straight, it's best to watch it in chunks.

2. It's a parody folks, so naturally Professor Dumbledore (Dylan Saunders) is flamboyant, Professor Umbridge (Joe Walker) is a muscly guy in drag, and the timeline is all fluid.

3. There's some R-rated language in the musical, so parents of younger wannabe witches and wizards should be warned.

4. Potter purists should know that the StarKid script takes many humorous liberties. In this version of Hogwarts, for example, Draco (who is played by the petite beauty, Lopez) has an unrequited crush on Hermione and isn't toilet trained.

5. There are some jokes that work best if you're familiar with the original, but anyone with a basic knowledge about Harry Potter will still enjoy the sequel.

Now that you've been primed and prepped, what are you waiting for? Go back to Hogwarts with 'A Very Potter Sequel':


Meet TeamStarkid: Standing (from left to right): Chris Lorentz, Brian Rosenthal, Clark Baxtresser, Britney Coleman, Lily Marks, Dylan Saunders, Joe Walker, Jim Povolo, Lauren Lopez, Joey Richter, Darren Criss, Bonnie Gruesen, Nicholas Joseph Strauss-Matathia, Brian Holden, Tyler Brunsman, Jaime Lyn Beatty, Corey Dorris, Julia Albain, Corey Richardson, Jack Stratton. Kneeling/sitting from left to right: Joe Moses, Devin Lytle, Nick Lang, Arielle Goldman, Sango Tajima.
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