Narrated by Kritzer, who switches seamlessly from one character to another, Beautiful Disaster is performed in an old-fashioned cabaret style. It cleverly juxtaposes the idea of a glamorous woman in a sparkling gown lounging on a piano with an angry teenager in faded flannel as Kritzer ascends the onstage piano, thudding heavily in her velour dress and Doc Martens. She interacts with the audience throughout the night, teasing and winking at people and helping herself to the french fries and water from the front-row tables.
Popular songs from the 1980s and 90s are part of Kritzer's story as well. She opens the show by belting "Eye of the Tiger," portraying the fierce and frantic energy she felt as a teenager who wanted to be a star. Yearbook photos of everyone she talks about are projected onstage. (While many of her classmates' yearbook photos had inspirational quotes printed underneath them, Kritzer's said, "Here she is, boys. Here she is, world. Here's ROSE!" from Gypsy.) "Wig in a Box" from Hedwig and the Angry Itch illustrated her desire to pretend she was someone else, and an intense rendition of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" portrayed her mother's rage at her father about their divorce.
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