More on wandering around town: I discovered that the local comic book shop has really cleaned up its act. It was a mess of boxes last time I was in there, but now it's fairly organized...except for the row of fifty-cent back issues boxes, which I will need to go through in detail at some point and try not to spend my life's savings on. They have a ton of good stuff in there--lots of old Legion of Super Heroes back issues, Impulse back issues, some manga issues, all sorts of X-stuff which of course I don't know how to categorize because I am a DC girl...goddammit, I have too much to read to start picking up more comics. But I'm doing it anyway.
More on the musical: For something with such a whacked-out premise, it was pretty impressive! Maybe most importantly, as the Talking Broadway review says, it's almost entirely free of the oh-so-edgy hipster irony that characterizes so much of the genuinely new material in musical theater today. Sure, there's fourth-wall-breaking and anachronisms aplenty, but by and large the show embraces its own over-the-top ridiculousness and stupid melodrama. It feels like a proper fusion of the silly sentimentality of the old Broadway and the out-there wackiness of the new. Which isn't to say it's perfect--it has some rough edges and it definitely would work better in a bigger theater--but it's a sight better than a lot of what makes it to Broadway these days.