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NY Daily News Covers "Hot Dogs"

Rivalries, love affairs, competitions ... and wieners?

Two Brooklyn playwrights have penned a musical comedy about the most famous of Coney Island institutions: the hot dog eating contest.

"The whole thing about [competitive eating] is so ridiculous and so American, we thought, 'How can we translate this into musical theater?'" said Kristyn Pomranz, 28, who co-wrote "Hot Dogs: The Competitive Eating Musical" with pal Katherine Steinberg, 30.

"It takes place at Ethan's Frank Eating Competition, but we wanted to pay homage to Nathan's," said Pomranz. "It's absolutely absurd."

The hour-and-a-half-long comedy follows eight competitive eaters as they strive for "The Sauerkraut Sash" - the musical's version of the coveted Mustard Belt at the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island.

May192010 Talks Hot Dogs With Sauce & Co.

"Competitive eating has come a long way in the last few years — there are television shows (Man V. Food, Food Wars), documentaries, even video games. And check one more thing off the list: The "sport" is getting its very own off-off Broadway show called Hot Dogs: the Competitive Eating Musical, brought to you by Kristyn Pomranz and Katherine Steinberg, the creative duo behind Sauce and Co. that wrote and produced last year's NYC Fringe Fest hit, I Can Haz Cheezburger: the MusicLOL.

Taking inspiration from the annual Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Competition at Coney Island, Hot Dogs is set to debut in Manhattan late summer/early fall 2010..."

Read the full Interview here.


“Insouciant, Infantile, and Uproarious”


“…But, really, what’s a Fringe show without some modicum of poor taste, as in the exceptionally stupid and very wonderful I Can Has Cheezburger: The MusicLOL! As a caption on the source site ( might read: “Dumb play: Ur doin’ it right!” Insouciant, infantile, and uproarious, this tuner by Sauce and Co. tells of a cat who has his picture uploaded to the titular website and embarks on a heroic quest in search of that meaty, dairy-laden foodstuff. “I know what a cheeseburger tastes like,” the feline Odysseus opines. “It tastes like my destiny.” Silly ditties and ample screen grabs accompany his search. The villainous Mr. Wrong and Epic Fail attempt to foil it. Though the aisles at the Cherry Lane were too narrow to accommodate literal ROFL, several audience members attempted it.

No other show offered such gooey irreverence or a ballad like “Someone to Eat Cheese With.” …”

Read the entire Village Voice article, Three Days at the Fringe Festival.


NY Theatre’s Review of the MusicLOL!


An excerpt of NY Theatre’s glowing review of I Can Has Cheezburger: The MusicLOL!

“The production is laugh-out-loud hilarious, while still being able subtly to present a commentary on our mediatized existence. It throws into relief the obsession we all have with the imaginary online world. Lolcat discovers a whole wonderland of adventure within the ether of the internet, but one with little applicability IRL (that is, in real life).

I Can Has Cheezburger is extremely well-written. It is able to be overflowing with jokes while still telling a coherent, albeit outrageous, tale. The text is punctuated with clever one-liners and witty wordplay, particularly through its use of internet acronyms and shorthand. The music is quite catchy and the lyrics are gleefully humorous.”

Check out the whole review here.

Thanks, NY Theatre! We love you, too!



The MusicLOL on WSJ (For Srs!)


When we received an email with the subject “WSJ calling (believe it or not)”, we, um, didn’t believe it.

But one interview and one article later, all we’re doin’ is believin’ it!

Check out this awesome article about The MusicLOL — thank you, thank you, thank you WSJ!