I’m going to see “The Book of Mormon” at the Kennedy Center this weekend, but I’m not convinced it will be the funniest musical I see all year. Or even this week.
That distinction currently goes to “Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical,” a YouTube video from the comedy duo Rhett & Link that made the rounds online Monday. In it, a group of kids re-enact the AMC series (returning Sunday at 9 p.m.), boiling down 5 ½ seasons of tense drama into 5 ½ minutes of kid-friendly humor. Walter White is still a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher, but instead of manufacturing blue crystal meth, he makes “blue rock candy.”
It’s inherently funny to watch tweens act out the events of such a dark, adult series. But what’s even funnier are the songs, which render memorable “Breaking Bad” quotes in musical form.
“I am the one who knocks/ I used to be Kenny G now I’m hard rock,” Walt sings. “So stop asking questions, get back to folding my socks/ because I am the one who knocks.”
“We’re so glad, that Walt broke bad,” the chorus sings at the musical’s conclusion. Me too.