BAH & THE HUMBUGS: BIGGER THAN SANTA
Featuring Humbugs songs performed by the following bands:
ORIGINAL NORTH POLE CAST OF "LEGAL!"
Cease & Desist
The story of the production of the musical "Legal!" is as tangled as the fictional legal cases at the heart of the show itself. Conceived as part of the mid-decade mania to turn anything and everything into a musical, the Ritzwood Organization approached Bah & the Humbugs with an outline detailing Merv Ritzwood's own legal troubles, literarily embellished and with a fabricated invincible hero and happy ending. The first draft of the show was leaked in the industry paper "Miscellany," and Ritzwood and the production were immediately slapped with multiple injunctions by his competitors, who were not amused by their thinly-veiled fictional counterparts.
Draft two completely swept the original plot (and legally offending portrayals) off the table. After the new draft was finally completed, Bah stormed off the production during an early rehearsal of the ill-fated duet, "Community Property is Mine Alone," shouting something about ice, disorder, and Equiprobabilism. Neither the production company nor the press could find him, and he stayed underground for seven full weeks until he was discovered in northern Finland serving as an indentured apprentice to the world's most renowned Sami yoiker.
Three years after that initial overture to the band, Ritzwood and the Humbugs completed rehearsals (on what was to be the seventh draft of the original script), and opened at the Polar Garden Theatre with a cast of unknowns, ultimately winning the Toby for that year and running a total of sixty-two weeks until the unfortunate infestation of stick bugs (inadvertently set in motion by a stagehand during Bring Your Arthropod to Work Day) closed the theater, and the show, permanently. The song showcased here. "Cease and Desist," is the Act 1 finale, sung by the ensemble featuring Dorothea Fixture (who briefly rose out of obscurity thanks to the "Legal!" cast album). The lyrics were written during a dark period in the show's creation, when Bah beat Merv Ritzwood senseless for suggesting navy blue judicial robes for the Judiciary Chorus scene.