The Hunger Games: The Musical – “Stars”

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Of course, I couldn’t do a Hunger Games parody without including Gale Hawthorne. As you probably know Gale is Katniss’s childhood friend and hunting partner. As I said before, Katniss just views him more as a big brother/rebound guy but he’s quite handsome as you can see since he’s played by a Hemsworth. And he doesn’t really do much in the first two books besides poaching to help his family, getting brutally whipped, kissing Katniss, and saving 10% of District 12’s population during the bombings. And in Mockingjay, he distinguishes himself as a badass and intelligent military commander and soldier. However, unlike Katniss and Peeta, Gale has had no experience with direct violence prior to the Second Rebellion, nor has he been forced to kill other people or knows that everyone in the Capitol isn’t a monster. And the fact his hunting instincts lead to him depersonalize people. His impulse to rebel is driven by his hatred for the Capitol and the Hunger Games as well as his desire for revenge and victory at whatever the costs. Now Katniss and he may be similar in personality. But Katniss wonders whether Gale is going too far, particularly when he and Beetee create a bomb that plays on human sympathies by exploding and killing the rescuers. And it’s one of a few moments that drives him and Katniss apart.

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Perhaps a good parody I thought for Gale would be ripping off from Les Miserables with “Stars.” Now the original is sung by Javert and basically sums up his philosophy that he is doing the Lord’s work by futile pursuit of Jean Valjean. And he vows that he won’t rest until Jean Valjean whom he thinks is damned for violating parole and stealing bread despite that most cops would have bigger things to worry about. I mean the guy really should be focused on catching other criminals. In the Hunger Games version, I have Gale swear to not stop with the rebellion until there’s victory when President Snow is as good as dead. Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful song despite Russell Crowe ruining it in the movie.

 

“Stars” (Hunger Games Edition)

Sung by Gale Hawthorne

 

There, out in the Capitol

A man with a white rose

Smelling of blood

Fallen from grace

All be my witness

I never shall yield

Till we come face to face

Till we come face to face

 

He knows his way in the dark

Mine is the way of the war

And if we shall win this at whatever the costs

We’ll have our reward

And if some fall

Like District 12 fell

It’s not

Our fault!

 

Stars

In your multitudes

Scarce to be counted

Filling the darkness

With order and light

You are the sentinels

Silent and sure

Keeping watch in the night

Keeping watch in the night

 

You know your place in the sky

You hold your course and your aim

And each in your season

Returns and returns

And is always the same

And if you fall as District 12 fell

You fall in flame!

 

And so it must be for so it is written

I’ll say down with the Capitol

And those who stand within our bombs

Must pay the price!

 

Now let me find him

That I may see him

Deader than dead

I will never rest

Till then

This I swear

This I swear by the stars!

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The Hunger Games: The Musical – “District 13’s People”

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Note: Since this pertains to District 13, there might be spoilers for those who haven’t seen the movies up to Mockingjay Part 1 or read the books. Just to warn you.

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As I’ve said before District 13 was once thought to be destroyed prior to Mockingjay but managed to survive and move underground due to the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction. Or in other words, “if you nuke us, we nuke you” kind of thing that might bring upon an apocalypse of sorts. Nevertheless, District 13 specializes in nuclear technology, graphite, and weapons. And while it’s a center of rebellion and refuge as well as extremely welcoming to almost anyone, it’s not a fun place to live. Unfortunately for Katniss and anyone who’s survived the District 12 bombing (which was less than 900 of its residents), they don’t have anywhere else to go. Still, living there is like being on an underground military base, but way less fun and far more restrictive. Yet, on the bright side, they have free education up to 8th grade and all refugees can become citizens. But as far as the good stuff goes. When citizens wake up, they’re given a temporary tattoo for their personalized schedule for the day they must abide and must wear tracking bracelets on wrists. They’re also thrifty and ration food carefully that even a small thing wasted is heavily frowned upon and even minor theft can be punished by detention and/or torture. Oh, and everyone wears the same gray uniforms and sleeps in identical living quarters. Not to mention, it requires everyone to train for the military from age 14 on and everyone is addressed as “Soldier.” And they don’t allow pets either.

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For a good parody on life in District 13 would be to rip off from “Knights of the Round Table” from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Now the original was about how Camelot was such a great but silly place to live where they do routines and chorus scenes with footwork impeccable. Living in District 13 is nothing of the sort and I can tell they don’t eat ham and jam and spam a lot. Because they would be punished for it. But I think it would be funny to describe the miserable life of District 13 than in an upbeat and funny song. Because let’s just say their lives are so regimented and dull that they need something to entertain themselves.

 

“District 13’s People”

Sung by District 13

 

Katniss: Thirteen.

Finnick: Thirteen.

Haymitch: Thirteen.

Beetee: It’s only a model.

Plutarch: Victors, I bid you welcome to your new home. Let us ride to District 13.

 

District 13:

We’re District 13’s people

We work when e’er we’re able

We’ve strict routines, no chorus scenes

With tracking impeccable

We dine well here in 13

We eat our meals rationed carefully

 

We’re District 13’s people

Our force is so formidable

Though many times we get assigns

That are quite unbearable

We’re welcoming in 13

We’re really big fans of refugees

 

In war we’re tough and able

Quite indefatigable

We’re not so heft with waste and theft

And torture the uncontrollable

It’s a busy life in 13

I have to clean up the latrine

 

Katniss: Well, on second thought,

Let’s not go to 13, it is a silly place.

Gale: Sorry, but there’s no District 12 left.

The Hunger Games: The Musical – “Everything’s Alright”

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Now like him or not, I tend to think that Peeta Mellark is one of the more underrated characters in the Hunger Games trilogy. Yes, wilderness survival skills aren’t his strong suit as you see when he’s in the Hunger Games. Yet, you can say the same for the Careers and some of the other tributes like Foxface and a girl from District 3. Nevertheless, while Peeta might be seen as helpless when he’s with Katniss during the Games, we should know that he fought out the Cornucopia bloodbath (where a significant number of tributes get killed), allied with the Careers to keep them from Katniss’s back, and telling the tracker jacker stung Katniss to run for it as he fights Cato (who’s Katniss’s biggest competition), which resulted in him getting stabbed in the leg. However, he’s not as worthless as he looks. Yes, you might think that his crush on Katniss since they were 5 might be a bit obsessive. Still, we have to understand that Peeta spent most of the first book in an utterly hopeless situation. I mean he’s basically forced to take part in an event he’s mentally unsuited for and knows it. And to make matters worse, he’s being forced to kill the girl he loves and took a beating from his mom for just to give her two loaves of burned bread. He knows he can’t kill her to save himself as well as that she stands a better chance to survive than he does. So Peeta decides to accept his fate so he can die on his own terms and make the most of his time left to help Katniss. Thus, Peeta confessed his love for Katniss on national television since it will appeal to the audience and get her sponsors to survive as well as get it out in the open because he figures that he doesn’t have long to live anyway. Let’s just say, he got more than he bargained for from that.

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Now for a parody song for him, I took from “Everything’s Alright” from Jesus Christ Superstar. It’s the one where Mary Magdalene is telling Jesus to take some time off and get some rest. Yes, she might seem to fill a love interest role for Jesus but in the world of musical theater, it’s highly unusual for a male protagonist under 40 to not have a love interest or at least someone who’s romantically interested in him. Oh, and you can’t have a musical without a leading lady either. So if you’re doing a musical about Jesus, Mary Magdalene is probably your best bet even if the Lamb of God has too many pressing issues on his mind to even think about romance. For the Hunger Games version, I have it take place in Catching Fire around some time after the Victory Tour. Here Peeta is trying to calm Katniss down since she’s been waking up screaming from nightmares by holding her while she sleeps (though to keep it PG-13, there’s no sex). This soon becomes a nightly routine up until the Quarter Quell. As the book goes on, it becomes rather apparent that Katniss develops feelings for him. However, it’s closer to the end when she realizes it.

 

“Everything’s Alright” (Hunger Games Edition)

Mostly sung by Peeta Mellark (with some verses by Katniss Everdeen and Gale Hawthorne)

 

[Peeta Mellark:]

Try not to get worried

Try not to turn on to

Problems that upset you

(oh) Don’t you know

Everything’s alright

Yes everything’s fine

And I want you to sleep well tonight

Let Panem go without you tonight

If we try

We’ll get by

So forget all about us tonight

 

[Prep Team:]

Everything’s all right

Yes everything’s all right yes

 

[Peeta Mellark:]

Sleep and I shall soothe you

Calm you and be with you

Hold you within my arms

(oh) Then you’ll feel

Everything’s all right

Yes everything’s fine

My bread is warm and my buns are sweet

For the fire in your head and feet

Close your eyes

Close your eyes

And relax

Think of nothing tonight

 

[Prep Team:]

Everything’s all right

Yes everything’s all right yes

 

[Gale Hawthorne:]

Down with those rich snobs

Decadent and so heartless

Forcing our peers to fight to the death

Now that you’ve won

They think they now own you

And threaten us if you don’t conform

Everyone’s so hungry

Everyone’s all starving

We matter more

Than their feet and hair

 

[Peeta Mellark:]

Try not to get worried

Try not to turn on to

Problems that upset you

(oh) Don’t you know

Everything’s all right

Yes everything’s fine

And I want you to sleep well tonight

Let Panem go without you tonight

If we try

We’ll get by

So forget all about us tonight

 

[Prep Team:]

Everything’s all right

Yes everything’s all right yes

 

[Katniss Everdeen:]

For years I’ve been poaching

To get some wild critters

To save my folks from their lot

Now there are uprisings

Erupting all over

And Snow wants me to tie the knot!

Why

Does he blame me?

What

Does he want from me?

Quell dissent

I can no longer do that

Now I’m screwed

 

[Peeta Mellark:]

Sleep and I shall soothe you

Calm you and be with you

Hold you within my arms

(oh) then you’ll feel

Everything’s alright

Yes everything’s fine

My bread is warm and my buns are sweet

For the fire in your head and feet

Close your eyes

Close your eyes

And relax

Think of nothing tonight

 

[Prep Team & Peeta Mellark:]

Close your eyes

Close your eyes

And relax

Think of nothing tonight

 

[Gale Hawthorne and Katniss Everdeen:]

Everything’s all right

Yes everything’s all right yes

The Hunger Games: The Musical – “Girl Who’s on Fire (I, Katniss Everdeen)”

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Though I have done plenty of Hunger Games song parodies from popular movies and musicals, I seemed to have left one out for the two most important players in the Hunger Games, namely Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. Of course, this is because I haven’t found songs I can properly parody with their characters, well, at least ones that don’t come from Jesus Christ Superstar. Nevertheless, Katniss is the hero of the trilogy who begins this story in dire poverty after her father died in a mining explosion when she was 11 and has had to support her mother and sister for years. But when her little sister Prim is reaped to represent District 12 for the 74th Hunger Games, she volunteers to go in her place. Because after all, she couldn’t bear the thought of seeing her kid sister die in a nationally televised teenage death match. And then there’s Peeta, the youngest baker’s son who has dealt with an abusive family and harbored a crush on Katniss since they were 5 years old. But has only interacted with her once before when he took a beating from his mom for burning two loaves of bread that he gave to her, instead of the pigs. This while she was slowly starving to death while scrounging the Mellarks’ place for garbage. Nevertheless, unlike Katniss, Peeta was reaped for the Games and he doesn’t expect to survive because he loves her too much to bear the thought of killing her. But if confessing his love for her on national television can help her chances to win, he will certainly do so because there’s nothing he won’t do to keep her alive.

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As for parody, I thought of using “Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)” which is the theme of the musical Man of La Mancha. Now this song is from a musical that debuted in the 1960s and based on the 16th century novel Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes. However, just to take note, Miguel Cervantes wasn’t imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition, he was put in jail for money problems and financial irregularities in his accounts. Yeah, not stuff that’s bound to make you look like a badass. Also, it’s not a faithful adaptation of the novel either. Still, the book is a timeless classic and a parody of the stories of knightly chivalry at the time. But this song is a hero’s song and an intro song. And in this Hunger Games version, I put this during her public appearance with Caesar Flickerman who introduces her. And since she’s the hero, she gets the Don Quixote portion while Peeta gets the Sancho Panza lines. Still, Peeta’s more of a magnetic hero with a great personality and is more of a talker. However, this is mainly Katniss’s song.

 

“Girl Who’s on Fire (I, Katniss Everdeen)”

Sung by Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark

 

Caesar Flickerman:

May I set the stage? I shall introduce a girl.

Come, she’ll enter to sit with me from District 12!

Her name… Katniss Everdeen… a coal miner kid,

16 years old….possibly underweight… eyes

that burn with the fire of inner vision. At Reaping,

volunteered to take her little sister’s place. Has

used a bow and arrow to hunt to provide for

poor, starving family for years since her father’s

tragic death in a mining accident. Not particularly

attractive, but she’s seen as a rising contender

for the 74th Hunger games… but whether she gets

out of the arena alive will be the question that

has yet to be answered. But no longer shall she

be the plain Katniss Everdeen from District 12…

but a formidable tribute known as –

Katniss Everdeen, the Girl Who’s on Fire!

 

Katniss:

Hear me now

Oh thou bleak and unbearable Panem,

Thou art base and debauched as can be,

And I a poor girl from 12 with her arrows and bow

Will make the odds ever in favor to me!

I am I, Katniss Everdeen,

The Girl Who’s on Fire,

My destiny calls and I go,

As I promised my young sister

I’ll try to win this time,

So I’ll survive so I’ll return home.

Survive so I’ll return home,

Into the arena I go!

 

Peeta:

I’m Peeta! Yes, I’m Peeta!

I do what I can so she can win.

I’ll show them they won’t own me,

I love her and hope she will live!

 

Katniss:

Hear me, I’ve volunteered

To save my little Prim!

Cause I know that she wouldn’t last,

But as I wear my Mockingjay pin

I promised her I’ll triumph at last!

 

I am I, Katniss Everdeen,

The Girl Who’s on Fire,

My destiny calls and I go,

As I promised my young sister,

I’ll try to win this time,

So I’ll survive so I’ll return home.

 

Peeta:

I’m Peeta! Yes, I’m Peeta!

I do what I can so she can win.

I’ll show them they won’t own me,

I love her and hope she will live!

 

Katniss and Peeta:

Survive so I’ll {she’ll} return home

Into the arena we go!

The Hunger Games: The Musical – “Mein Herr”

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Of course, when it’s announced that the third Quarter Quell tributes were to be reaped by a pool of 59 living victors as a Hunger Games All-Star Edition, you can see why many victors would be upset. This is especially true for Katniss Everdeen who’s basically the only female victor in her district by Catching Fire as well as won her Games with Peeta the previous year. At least Peeta volunteered to take Haymitch’s place in the Reaping ceremony so he’d be there for Katniss and use the same strategy (like playing their romance for the cameras) while their mentor can reconnect with old friends and focus on other activities (like secretly working to incite a rebellion). Of course, other victors aren’t so lucky. Take Johanna Mason who hailed from District 7 that specializes in lumber. Now she’s 21 years old and won her games 4 years prior to the 2nd book. Of course, convincing her competition to underestimate her and being a vicious killer who’s handy with an ax certainly helped. Still, unlike Finnick who’s a nice and fun guy to hang around, Johanna can be quite a bitch since she’s rude, insulting, rebellious, and harsh. She’s also first seen stripping naked in the elevator, in front of Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch. Nevertheless, you can’t blame her for not being nice since she lost her entire family and friends for refusing to go along with the Capitol. It’s been hinted that this might imply Snow wanting to prostitute her.

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Now for her song, I decided to go with Cabaret’s “Mein Herr” which was first used for the 1972 movie. Now the original song is about a woman dumping her controlling boyfriend who wanted to change her from the freewheeling party girl she is. By the way, “Mein Herr” means, “my man.” And the musical takes place in last days of Pre-Nazi Germany like 1931. For the Hunger Games version, I kept the “Mein Herr” as a casual reference like “dude” since it sounds rather sophisticated. Also it preserves the original flavor of the song. However, I have her in the parody version talking to Caesar Flickerman and going on her classic cluster f-bomb rant like she did in the Catching Fire movie (in the book she just got on stage and talked about the love between the victors and the Capitol. Now if that’s not a lie coming from her…). Still, I think the f-bomb rant was better and kind of really showed her true feelings of the Quarter Quell. I mean if you went through what she had to deal with like being in the Hunger Games and Snow killing everyone she loves, you’d feel that way, too.

 

“Mein Herr” (Hunger Games Edition)

Sung by Johanna Mason

 

Caesar Flickerman:

For the 75th Hunger Games and Third Quarter Quell

I’m joined by District 7’s female victor Johanna Mason.

Johanna, do you have anything to say

To our audience tonight or your home district?

 

Johanna:

You have to understand the way I am,

Mein Herr.

The deal was if I won the Hunger Games,

Mein Herr.

I get to live the rest of my life in peace,

Mein Herr.

So I do…

What I do…

Thought I knew…

I was through…

Should be through…

Toodle-oo!

Now they have this stupid Quell.

It’s going all to fucking hell.

This isn’t fucking fair.

My time was over.

And though I used to care,

This is my big nightmare.

Why do they want to off me,

Mein Herr.

 

Please understand, Caesar,

Don’t want to die, in there.

Does Snow want to fuck me all over?

Why would the Capitol,

Would want me dead at all?

Because no one will miss me,

Mein, Herr.

 

The trees in District 7 are so tall,

Mein Herr.

Not only up and down, but side to side,

Mein Herr.

I couldn’t climb one if I tried,

Mein Herr.

So I do..

What I can…

Inch by inch…

Step by step…

Limb by limb…

Branch by branch.

 

Now they have this stupid Quell.

It’s going all to fucking hell.

This isn’t fucking fair.

My time was over.

And though I used to care,

This is my big nightmare.

Why do they want to off me,

Mein Herr.

 

Johanna and Victors:

Please understand, Caesar,

Don’t want to die in there.

Does Snow want to fuck me all over?

Why would the Capitol,

Would want me dead at all?

Because no one will miss me,

Mein, Herr.

 

Now they have this stupid Quell.

It’s going all to fucking hell.

This isn’t fucking fair.

My time was over.

And though I used to care,

This is my big nightmare.

Why do they want to off me,

Mein Herr.

 

Johanna:

Fuck you, Capitol

 

Victors:

Don’t want to

Kill again

 

Johanna:

No way…

 

Victors:

They have this

Stupid Quell.

This isn’t fair.

 

Johanna:

My time was over.

 

Victors:

They really

Screwed us.

 

Johanna:

And though

I used to care,

 

Victors:

And though we

Used to

Care,

 

Johanna:

Maybe…

 

Victors:

They put

Us through

Again

Now.

Why do they

Want to

Off us,

 

Johanna:

And fuck that!

 

Johanna and Victors:

Now they have this stupid Quell.

It’s going all to fucking hell.

This isn’t fucking fair.

My time was over.

And though I-

Used to care,

This is my big

Nightmare.

 

Johanna:

Why do they want

To off me,

 

Victors:

Don’t want to die…

 

Johanna:

Why do they

Want me dead?

 

Victors:

This isn’t fucking fair…

 

Johanna:

No…

 

Victors:

Leave us alone

 

Johanna:

Yes…

 

Victors:

Just…

Kiss our asses!

 

And shove it…

 

Johanna:

Up…

 

Victors:

To the Capitol…

That goddamn Quell!

The Hunger Games: The Musical – “Make Her Pretty”

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In the Hunger Games, public image is a huge deal that it’s a dominating theme in the series. And in the Hunger Games, it’s such a huge deal that it could make  a difference between life and death since the competition is very deadly. A tribute cannot win the Hunger Games on pragmatic survival skills alone. They also have to win over an audience and attract sponsors in the days before the Games even begin. Of course, there are interviews which aren’t Katniss’s strong suit. But luckily, Peeta loves her and has a magnetic personality to excel in the PR department that if it weren’t for him, Katniss wouldn’t have stood much of a chance. Nevertheless, when PR can make a difference between life and death, professions that many might seem rather trivial become critical. And in the Hunger Games, having crappy stylists and fashion designers may hurt your chances of leaving the arena alive. So whenever a tribute arrives at the Capitol, they’re given a makeover by a team of stylists in order to look acceptable to a TV audience, which means all the lady body hair has to go (save for the head). And each district prep team has a particular stylist who designs the outfits the tributes would wear in the Avenue of the Tributes parade, which reflects their local resource. Many of these can be ridiculous. But fortunately, District 12’s resident stylist is a young man named Cinna who’s actually a very nice guy and one of the better fashion designers in the Hunger Games (though you might know it from the movies).  His outfits before the 74th Hunger Games establish Katniss as “the Girl on Fire” in order to make her look unforgettable and irresistible. He also insisted that she and Peeta hold hands during the parade.

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Now I thought a good parody for Cinna would be a ripoff of “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story. Yes, I know that the original song is about how smitten Maria is over falling for Tony. And I know that Cinna is played by Lenny Kravitz in the movies and old show tunes aren’t his forte. But still, in the Hunger Games version of this song, I have Cinna and the rest of Katniss’s prep team singing about making her look pretty for the cameras in order to win over audiences and attract sponsors. Yes, I have her prep team talk about how dirty and smelly she is. But c’mon, do you expect Katniss to have excellent hygiene habits? I mean she’s from one of the poorest families in District 12 who spends most of her spare time hunting in the woods to support her family. Let’s just say she’s not going to look as clean as Jennifer Lawrence did in the movie.

 

“Make Her Pretty”

Sung by Cinna and Katniss’s Prep Team

 

Cinna:

Make her pretty

Oh, so pretty,

Make her pretty and witty and bright!

And the city

Will be falling over her tonight.

 

Girl on fire

Will draw desire

That the Capitol will surely squeal!

And so pretty

That they hardly can believe she’s real.

 

See the pretty girl in that mirror there:

Who can that attractive girl be?

Make a pretty face,

Wear a pretty dress,

Wear a pretty smile,

Katniss Everdeen!

 

Make her stunning

And entrancing,

So the Capitol may surely adore,

So she’ll soon

Attract important sponsors for sure!

 

Prep Team:

Have you seen our poor girl from 12 there

Has the hairiest legs of the lot?

Her armpits smell far worse than Peeta’s,

And her hair’s greasier than an oiled up pot.

 

Her toenails need cut.

She might need a bath.

Her face has some zits,

So what’s up with that?

 

She has so much dirt,

Did you see her teeth?

She has so much grime

She probably has fleas.

 

How to work with her?

Tell us, Cinna!

She dearly needs

A good TV image!

 

Grimy and poor,

Oily and unrefined

With terrible BO

And a stinky behind!

 

Cinna:

Make her pretty,

Oh, so pretty

That the Capitol will see her with glee

That it’d be shitty,

That if she was killed off by a teen from 3.

 

Prep Team:

La la la la . . .

 

Cinna:

Make her lovely,

Make her sunny,

Make her lovely and sunny and fine,

And so pretty,

That some sponsors can keep her alive!

 

Prep Team:

La la la la . . .

 

Cinna:

See the pretty girl in that mirror there:

 

Prep Team:

What mirror where?

 

Cinna:

Who can that attractive girl be?

 

Prep Team:

Which? What? Where? Whom?

 

Cinna:

Make a pretty face,

Wear a pretty dress,

Wear a pretty smile,

Katniss Everdeen!

 

Prep Team:

Katniss Everdeen!

 

All:

Make her stunning

And entrancing,

So the Capitol may surely adore,

So she’ll soon

Attract important sponsors for sure!

 

The Hunger Games: The Musical – “Mockingjay Superstar”

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In the third book of the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss Everdeen is now a symbol of the rebellion as the Mockingjay. Now what’s a Mockingjay you might ask? Well, according to the books, the Capitol created a genetically engineered bird called jabberjays in the Dark Days of the first rebellion. These birds were used for surveillance, designed to remember and repeat human conversations verbatim with human voices. As anyone with a parrot would know, avian espionage is probably not a good idea if you do it with talking birds. The rebels quickly discovered this and fed them lies instead, which upset the Capitol that they let these jabberjays die in the wilderness. But the jabberjays didn’t and because they were exclusively male, they ended up breeding with female mockingbirds to create a new species. And that’s the Mockingjay, a bird that wasn’t meant to exist. During the Hunger Games, Katniss wears a Mockingjay pin and as she wins the 74th Hunger Games through defying the Capitol due to her unwillingness to kill Peeta when she could, districts start rebellion and associate her with that bird for the rest of the trilogy.

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Now for the parody, I once again took from Jesus Christ Superstar with the “Superstar” song. Now I had it sung by Katniss’s hunting partner and longtime friend, Gale Hawthorne. Sure he has a romantic interest in her, but let’s face it, he doesn’t have a chance mostly because Katniss saw him as a big brother. And by Mockingjay, the only way’s he’s ever going to end up with her would be if Peeta dies. Yes, the love triangle gives Gale the short end of the stick. However, Suzanne Collins really didn’t want to include one in the first place and intended Gale to be her cousin. But Twilight happened so she didn’t have much choice from her publishers. In the original, the voice of the dead Judas Iscariot asks Jesus questions that are on his (and almost everyone else’s minds), many of which have not been fully understood in over 2000 years. Of course, there’s a reference to Muhammad who didn’t come to the scene until 5oo years after Jesus, but I didn’t write the song so don’t ask me. For the Hunger Games version, I have Gale asking Katniss about whether she meant her actions lead to mass Capitol defiance and why she let her image get so out of hand. And whether she is the icon so many people at Panem think she is. Still, I didn’t change a lot of the song though.

 

“Mockingjay Superstar”

Sung by Gale Hawthorne

 

Every time I look at you

I don’t understand

Why you let the things you did

Get so out of hand

You’d have managed better

If you’d had it planned

Why did you use such a deadly game

To make your own stand?

 

Now you’re Mockingjay

You could now reach the whole nation

District 13 now has great mass communication

(Don’t you get me wrong)

Don’t you get me wrong

(Don’t you get me wrong, now)

Don’t you get me wrong

(Don’t you get me wrong)

Don’t you get me wrong

(Don’t you get me wrong, now)

Don’t you get me wrong

 

(Only want to know)

Only want to know

(Only want to know, now)

Only want to know

(Only want to know)

Only want to know

(Only want to know, now)

Only want to know

 

Chorus:

Mockingjay

Mockingjay

Who are you? What have you got to say?

Mockingjay

Mockingjay

Who are you? What have you got to say?

Mockingjay

Superstar

Do you think you’re what they say you are?

Mockingjay

Superstar

Do you think you’re what they say you are?

 

Tell me what you think

About your friends at the top

Now who d’you think besides yourself

Was the pick of the crop?

Finnick is he where it’s at?

Is Peeta where you are?

Could Johanna move a mountain

Or was that just PR?

Did you mean to win like that?

Was that a mistake or

Did you know your messy act

Would be a record breaker?

(Don’t you get me wrong) Don’t you get me wrong

(Don’t you get me wrong, now) Don’t you get me wrong

(Don’t you get me wrong) Don’t you get me wrong

(Don’t you get me wrong, now) Don’t you get me wrong

(Only want to know) Only want to know

(Only want to know, now) Only want to know

(Only want to know) Only want to know

(Only want to know, now) I only want to know

 

Chorus:

Mockingjay

Mockingjay

Who are you? What have you got to say?

Mockingjay

Mockingjay

Who are you? What have you got to say?

Mockingjay

Superstar

Do you think you’re what they say you are?

Mockingjay

Superstar

Do you think you’re what they say you are?

 

Mockingjay

Mockingjay

Who are you? What have you got to say?

Mockingjay

Mockingjay

Who are you? What have you got to say?

Mockingjay

Superstar

Do you think you’re what they say you are?

Mockingjay

Superstar

Do you think you’re what they say you are?