Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries review


As a kid growing up in the 80s, Scooby-Doo was a huge part of my cartoon childhood. I remember watching it everyday when I got home from school. Even through my middle school and high school years, I used to watch Scooby-Doo reruns on Cartoon Network. Needless to say, I’ve definitely seen my fair share of the cartoon. When I heard that there was a live musical coming to the Dolby Theater in LA, I had to check it out!

My friend Bridget and I showed up to the Dolby Theater on Mother’s Day to a crowd of excited kids, most of which were sporting some sort of Scooby-Doo garb. It’s nice to know that some parents still raise their kids on the classics. An interesting note though was that many of the parents were just as enthusiastic for the show than their children. You could definitely sense the nostalgia in the air.


Once we were seated with drinks in hand (no, we’re not alcoholics, but it was brunch, lol) the show finally began. It was almost like being in a live-action episode of Scooby-Doo. The whole gang was there: Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and of course, Scoobs. The basis was that they received a mysterious letter inviting them to investigate a haunted theater. From there, you come to find out that it is “haunted” by a “theater ghost.”

The first thing that stood out to me was the interactivity the cast had with the audience. Sometimes they would have the audience clap their hands or stomp their feet; they also had the audience call out “GHOST” any time the spirit appeared. I’m not going to lie to you and say that we didn’t participate as well, it was actually a lot of fun being a kid again.


So you’re probably wondering how the musical part fits in, right? Well Scoob and the gang go to the theater presenting themselves as a rock band called “Missing Link.” The songs were pretty catchy and they even did the original Scooby-Doo song, which they had the audience sing along to (yes, I sang my heart out). As this is going on, they try to unravel the mystery behind the theater haunting in a vintage Scooby-Doo manner.

Set switches were very seamless and there was always something going on that helped keep you focused on the actors and not the sets changing. All in all, the show was a lot of fun and helped to bring back a lot of nostalgia from my childhood. If you’re a Scooby-Doo fan or knows anyone that is, I would highly suggest checking it out. If you have kids, it’s a definite that you should take them, because I do believe it would be an enjoyable experience for them.

Grade: A

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