POSTED BY ERIN MAXWELL, NEWS EDITOR EXTRAORDINAIRE OF VARIETY.COM.
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is dead and gone (several times if you count the number of times she perished on the 1997-2003 TV series) but her spirit lives on in many ways, most recently via “Buffy-oke.”
Yes, it’s just what it sounds like, karaoke, “Buffy” style, based largely on the “Once More with Feeling” musical extravaganza episode that ran during the show’s sixth season.
Now touring the country, “Buffy-oke” is a “Rocky Horror”-esque sing-along features audience participation, hand puppets and a fair amount of Dawn-bashing to create a new reason for “Buffy” fans to cheer since their Tuesday nights are now free.
For those who need a recap, the episode features a hoofer-loving demon named Sweet who puts a spell over the beloved denizens of Sunnydale, forcing the Scoobies to sing their innermost thoughts and perform complicated dance numbers.
On June 27, the Los Angeles Film Festival brought the show to the Crest Theater in Westwood, where fans were treated to not only their favorite episode, but fan-made videos that paid tribute to Buffy mom Kristine Sutherland and boy-toy Riley, played by Marc Blucas. A bit of trivia and a two-minute recap of the entire series was thrown in for good measure.
The screening came with an instruction sheets and goodie bags that allowed the audience to fully partake in the showing, such as blow bubbles for Lawrence Welk-inspired ballet numbers and kazoos to help “Buffy” star Sarah Michelle Gellar with the high notes.
At the end of the screening, Marti “Parking Ticket Lady” Noxon (pictured right) took the stage to thank fans and introduced series creator and surprise guest Joss Whedon (pictured above, as if you didn’t know that already). Whedon was overcome by the fan response to the episode he wrote and directed, and thanked the audience for the keeping the episode from disappearing into rerun oblivion. He also shared his thoughts on Buffy’s younger sis: “Come on. Dawn isn’t that bad.” (Erin Maxwell)
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