Sometimes, a project comes along that is so cynically lowbrow, it boggles the tortured mind.
"Divorce Party: The Musical,” now in its glitzy, empty West Coast premiere at the El Portal, is just such a project, a piece of ossified fluff obviously intended to manipulate the drooling masses and make a big bundle of cash for its creators.
In light of this current production, that’s a faint hope.
Mark Schwartz, producer of the runaway hit “Menopause: The Musical,” struggles to repeat that winning formula in this unfortunate outing, which features a book by Schwartz, Amy Botwinick and Jay Falzone. Falzone, who directs and choreographs, also contributes “lyrics” – labored parodies of pop and rock standards that are about as clever as an X-rated elementary school pageant.
The plot, which has very little to do with the actual intricacies and traumas of divorce, centers around a “divorce party” that a group of stalwart friends throw to cheer up their morose gal pal, who has just learned her hubby is gay.