Steven Christopher Parker
Steven Christopher Parker (born January 8, 1989) is an American actor, writer, and director. Onscreen, he is best known for his role as "Sledgehammer" Big Wes, a middle school basketball team player in the 2005 film Rebound starring Martin Lawrence. More recently, Parker has co-written and directed spoof Broadway musicals including one based on the TV series Lost (Lost: The Musical) and another parodying Game of Thrones (Shame of Thrones).
Steven Christopher Parker
|Other names||Steven C. Parker|
|Occupation||Actor, writer, producer, director|
Parker has appeared in about a dozen feature films, including Juno (as an unnamed high school chemistry lab partner) and Little Miss Sunshine (as an unnamed teen-aged boy). On television, Parker played the supporting role of Harold, a young medical intern, on the 14th season of ER. He played a pizza delivery impostor in a late-2008 television advertisement for DiGiorno frozen pizza.
Parker was a contestant on The Price Is Right on his birthday in January 2010. However, he did not win the game and ended up with only 55 cents when spinning the Big Wheel, which was not enough to make it into the "Showcase Showdown". The show was broadcast on CBS on March 2, 2010.
On October 26, 2015, Lost the Musical: We Have to Go Back (co-written by Parker with Steven Brandon) premiered at the Lillian Theater in Hollywood. A musical comedy based on the long-running TV show Lost, the spoof musical offered each audience a choice of three different endings, which The Hollywood Reporter characterized as "70s cartoon," "80s sci-fi movie" or "90s sitcom."
Two years later, Parker and Brandon again collaborated to write and produce another musical spoofing a popular TV series, Game of Thrones the Rock Musical: An Unauthorized Parody. The show premiered at the Macha Theatre in West Hollywood, and also performed in San Diego during 2017 Comic-Con before moving to the Jerry Orbach Theater Off Broadway in NYC.
The show received generally positive reviews, with the NY Times saying "With breakneck pacing, the show, which originated on the West Coast, blends deep affection for 'Thrones' with a keen satirical eye"; The Hollywood Reporter saying the show "offers a clever mix of first-season (or book, if you're so inclined) storylines, snarky pop culture references and not-so-subtle foreshadowing"; and StageBuddy.com saying "it was easy to see why parodies are so popular after seeing the Game of Thrones version.."
- "Television news briefs". Zap2It. August 29, 2007.
- Sader, Luke (July 1, 2005). "Rebound". The Hollywood Reporter.
The best young thespian is Steven Christopher Parker as the towering nerd Wes.
- "Interview: Steven Christopher Parker on 'Game of Thrones: The Rock Musical'". stagebuddy.com. October 26, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
Deb, Sopan (August 25, 2017). "'Game of Thrones' Parody Is Opening Off Broadway This Fall". NYT. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
This “Games of Thrones” production debuted in February at the Macha Theater in Los Angeles, and had a run of eight shows in San Diego. It will be onstage at the Jerry Orbach Theater at the Theater Center in Manhattan from Oct. 10 through Oct. 29.
"Review: Hello, Hodor! A 'Game of Thrones' Musical Spoof". NYT. October 16, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
With breakneck pacing, the show, which originated on the West Coast, blends deep affection for “Thrones” with a keen satirical eye.
- "Review: Juno (PG-13)". The Lima News. January 11, 2008.
Watch for Steven Christopher Parker and Candice Accola as Juno and Bleeker's high school chemistry lab partners.
- Riefe, Jordan (September 8, 2014). "This 'Lost' Ending Aims to Satisfy the Audience (and It Also Includes Musical Numbers)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
Cullins, Ashley (February 24, 2017). "West Hollywood Theater Takes on 'Game of Thrones: The Musical!'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
Without spoiling too many surprises, theatergoers can look forward to a Dothraki love song, a full-body direwolf suit and more than one reference to a certain politician who wants to build a wall. There are also nerd culture nods, a morphing angsty teen and multiple HBO barbs. There are 12 musical numbers in total, including a fun Tyrion Lannister-led song called "You Can't Kill Me" — which serves as both a love letter and dare to the series' author — complete with rapping and glowing tambourines.
"Game of Thrones: The Musical". KPBS (TV). Retrieved April 5, 2018.
This musical interpretation of George R. R. Martin's iconic fantasy epic debuted in Hollywood earlier this year. Created by the minds behind "Lost: The Musical" and "Once Upon a Time: The Rock Opera," the "Game of Thrones" project features 12 original songs and will let fans relive their favorite moments from the show
"Review: Game of Thrones: The Rock Musical". stagebuddy.com. October 24, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
And it was easy to see why parodies are so popular after seeing the Game of Thrones version. Instead of trying to incorporate all seven seasons of the show into one musical, Game of Thrones: The Rock Musical focuses predominantly on the first season of the series.
- StevenChristopherParker.com official website
- Game of Thrones The Musical website
- Steven Christopher Parker at IMDb