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We Have to Go Back: A LOST Musical Parody

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing We Have to Go Back, a musical parody based on the popular TV show LOST, which ran for six seasons from 2004 to 2010. It was quite a fun show. I went with two friends who were big fans of the TV show, while I was mostly going because my friend (Will Choi) was in the show.

For those who didn’t know, LOST opened with a plane crashing onto an island. The survivors had to come together to figure out how to live on the island, which was full of mysteries itself. Throughout the series, there were flashbacks, flash-forwards, and flash-sideways that intertwined with the current time line to tell stories about the characters and the world they faced.

Because I haven’t actually seen the show, Will highly recommended watching this 80-minute TV special that was the summary of the entire series up to the final episode, probably what they aired right before the finale:

When the cast came out for the opening number, before they even open their mouths, I was able to recognize most of the characters just by the appearances of each cast member because I watched that recap TV special.

Since the special had many of the key moments and characterizations from the TV show, which the stage show also focused on, I was actually able to understand most (I thought) of the references they were using. And I knew exactly what they were parodying for the most part.

I talked to my friends during intermission, and they were surprised that I’ve never watched the show. “How are you even understanding anything at all?” But they did a great job with the recap TV special that I had no difficulties at all.

What I loved about theater was that immediacy and shared experience. You could tell that the cast was really having fun with it. You could also tell that the audience members were enjoying it. And by the reactions people were having, you could tell that the audience consisted mostly of fans of the TV show, because they were responding to all these references that were being made fun of.

Of course, to me, there was the added bonus of watching a friend perform, which was always fun. I thought he did great. He happened to have a solo that was really fun too. I remembered talking to him when the show was still in rehearsal stage. He was a big fan of the show, and this was his first time performing in a musical so it was definitely meaningful to him. I knew he spent a lot of time preparing and had already cut dairy products (which was not the best for your voice) during the run of the show. It was a lot of hard work, I was sure, so it was great to see it come together.

Here’s their website:

And if you are in the Los Angeles area and want to see this very entertaining show, here’s where you can purchase your tickets:

The show runs from September 18 to October 26. Catch it while you can!


  1. October 10th, 2014 | 8:24 am


    This was great! I only watched a few seasons of LOST, but remember a lot of the action from this opening scene. I thought the actors were great at bringing the characters back to life with a laugh!

    What I remember about the crash, was that they had all these bodies lying around and no one even attempted to bury them. Given it was a tropical island, I wondered how they stand being near the bodies. However, that’s probably because I used to watch too many forensic shows:~)

    It was a creative series, but got really crazy. While I loved the opening act, I bet it got even more fun when the crazy stuff started happening with The Others and, if I remember right, some the mysterious creatures?

    Anyway, lucky you, living where you do. The chances of this musical making it even near me is pretty slim, but everyone seemed to do a great job. I wish the musical lots of success and thank you for sharing it.
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  2. October 12th, 2014 | 12:29 am

    Of course, the polar bear and smoke monster stuff are a lot more amusing using cheap props than CGI. 😀

    Los Angeles certainly isn’t lacking in experimental projects like these!
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  3. November 1st, 2014 | 9:20 am

    Fun stuff. I was a bit surprised by the use of popular songs but I can see why that probably generates the most mass appeal. I’m in North Hollywood a lot these days, actually — I should go check out some of the musicals playing in that area.

  4. November 11th, 2014 | 1:54 am

    Chris, I’ve seen a number of parody musicals like these that just use songs with lyrics re-written. Call it laziness. Or call it a great way to appeal to the audience and make fun of pop culture at the same time. But either way, what you are doing with Steve’s Quest, which stands on its own, made it even more impressive. I’ve also seen some small jukebox musicals. My friend did one based on a film called The Legend of Billie Jean and all the songs are Pat Benatar songs, which was a great introduction for me, since I’m originally from Taiwan and have random gaps in my American pop culture knowledges. Without it, I wouldn’t have discovered the greatness of Pat Benatar.
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