One of my favorite showtunes for the summer and driving is from a show that pretty much never had a chance in making it, This Side of the Tracks from The Great American Trailer Park the Musical. There are a ton of shows with trailer trash or that feature trailers like Priscilla Queen of the Dessert, but none that actually feature, are about and are the actual story of actual trailer trash at a trailer park and the set is almost all just trailers. That’s why I love the show The Great American Trailer Park the Musical.
There are a ton of musicals that start with a character coming out and talking about where the show takes place and then a ton of characters introduce themselves like The Drowsey Chaperone or anything by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Unlike any normal musical though, this one starts out with a woman named Bad Ass Betty singing about how she got her nickname and her two girlfriends who live at Armadill”a” Acres including Lin who lets you know how she got her name and another neighbor who constantly thinks she’s pregnant, even though there is no chance she could be.
If you think non generic beers, indoor plumbing and a full set of teeth are classy, you probably won’t be able to relate to this show. If you like avoiding paying taxes, working and collecting money from social security, insurance or welfare, you’ll probably feel at home in Armadillo Acres. If you want a show that’s a bit different and one that is fun to watch but you probably won’t see again, then The Great American Trailer Park the Musical is probably the perfect one for you. The Great American Trailer Park the Musical opens with This Side of the Tracks and introduces you to almost all of the characters and why they live in Armadillo Acres. The song is actually really good and perfect for cabaret shows or just if you like odd showtunes that are funny and probably not appropriate for work. This Side of the Tracks from The Great American Trailer Park is definitely a funny showtune, unfortunately the cast recording gets worse and worse after you listen to it and This Side of the Tracks from The Great American Trailer Park the Musical is the only really fun song in the show. If you do buy the cast recording, feel free to leave a comment below.