The Inheritance is a wonderfully fun and imaginative slice of musical theatre, Sammy J and Randy affirming the hype behind their double-act.
Randy discovers he's the heir to an enormous fortune and, with Sammy J by his side, moves to reclaim his throne. Hijinks ensue, as Randy degenerates into a power-hungry authoritarian, Sammy J left to desperately pursue the truth at the heart of his puppet friend's new-found inheritance. Naturally, things escalate between the pair, leaving the audience to ponder if things might ever be the same again. As you can see, The Inheritance serves up a simple enough story.
The show's true charm resides elsewhere, however. Sammy J and Randy continually crush certain parameters seemingly put in place for their production. They stoop to implicitly provide their audience with a kind of musical theatre rule book, only to tear page after page into tiny pieces as the show progresses. Those punters familiar with the show may recall one infamous sequence, in which tensions between Sammy J and Randy reach a playfully violent boiling point. There's many more occasions, though, in which The Inheritance forces the audience to reassess the possibilities of the production, making for an enjoyably surprising experience.
The songs definitely rank among the highlights, the protagonists making light of Census data-entry, celebrating infinite riches and conceding the fact that even the most ugly situations do, eventually, get better. As you'd expect, the music/comedy hybrid is executed flawlessly.
So much effort has gone into The Inheritance and it really shows. It should be said that, while funny with some classic dialogue on offer, the show at times displays more merit purely as musical theatre than it does as an explicitly comedic venture. Don't let that detract from the undisputed brilliance of Sammy J and Randy's latest gem, however - The Inheritance is simply charming.