You can have your Lion King or Shrek The Musical… Me, I want my Tom and Jerry Live! Last night in Argentina was the off-off-off-off-Broadway debut of a new stage musical based on Hanna-Barbera cartoon superstars.

The show opened this weekend at Teatro Lola Membrives in Buenos Aires, then will travel to theaters in Chile and Peru during 2011. According to the show’s website:

Under the direction of Leandro Panetta, Tom, Jerry, Spike and the gang go on stage, recreating classic cartoons with songs, chases, jokes, games and stunts. Tom and Jerry travel from opera to medieval times, then run and chase from the living room into the garden. Actors, dancers, singers and acrobats on stage guide to the public in this magical world where Friendship is always the result of each and every encounter persecution.

The show is constructed around specific cartoon shorts, including The Two Mouseketeers, The Cat Above the Mouse Below and the Gene Kelly sequence from Anchors Aweigh. However, based on the initial reviews and the costumes pictured above, I’m glad Bill and Joe aren’t around to see this. What’s that between Tom’s legs? Is he defecating, or is that his “willie“… or is it his tail?

(Thanks, Jorge Finkielman)

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