Ongoing COVID-19 quarantines worldwide have left people everywhere with a lot of extra time on their hands. For some, this has meant more time to devote to creative projects. Still, most people probably haven’t used the pandemic to write an epic 23-song musical about their favorite superheroes. Most people except for 16-year-old Amanda Fagan, who took her love of the Marvel universe and channeled it into creating STARK: The Musical.
The La Mesa, California teen told CBS8 news that she wrote the sprawling musical over just two weeks during quarantine.
“I’m not sure [how I did it],” Fagan said. “I just felt inspired and sometimes when I’m on a roll I can just kick a bunch of songs out of the way.”
The Marvel superfan didn’t have to stretch far for inspiration. Friends say she’s been a huge fan of the franchise since she was little, even dressing up as several Marvel characters over the years.
“OK, I enjoy Marvel, but am nowhere near her level of being a fan,” said Grace, Fagan’s friend and keyboardist on many of the songs.
Fagan’s friend Christian, who plays percussion and has gone to Comic-Con with her before, agreed.
“I don’t think there has been a day that she hasn’t texted me or a group chat that I’m in with a bunch of people about Marvel,” he said.
STARK: The Musical follows the events of the Marvel films through the eyes of Fagan’s favorite superhero, Tony Stark, a.k.a Iron Man. While Stark is the focal point, Fagan sings in-character as several members of the crime-fighting Avengers.
The musical chronicles the various ups and downs of everyone’s favorite Marvel characters. Some songs find our heroes at the height of their powers, such as the opener, “Iron Man.”
Others find them at considerably lower points in their arcs. “Put A Suit Around the World,” for example, finds Stark grappling with the psychological damage of his adventures.
Perhaps most impressive are the songs that recount classic Marvel battles. In show-stopper “Save the City,” Fagan pulls out all the stops to recreate the climax of 2012’s The Avengers. Making impressive use of overdubbed harmonies, Fagan easily matches the intensity of that epic battle.
With the sheer talent on display in her videos, it’s no wonder Fagan has plans in the world of musical theater.
“It would be really cool if it got on Broadway,” the teen told CBS8.
A selection of songs from STARK: The Musical can be found on Fagan’s YouTube page, along with many other original songs and performances.