A musical comedy written by Ann Arbor’s Tom Petiet, Chapter and Worse debuted in 1986, performing in Ann Arbor and on tour, and was quickly recognized as an exceptionally clever musical parody, recalling shows like Beyond the Fringe, and names like Peter Schickele, Tom Lehrer, Monty Python and Mel Brooks. It’s Sketch Comedy of the Classics! Showcasing the comic talents of its cast, Chapter and Worse consists of seven scenes in wildly different settings, from Shakespeare to prehistoric Africa. The music is by 17 well-known collaborators such as Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Verdi. A good-natured spoof of music and literature, Chapter and Worse is unique in combining the top-flight vocalism of eight talented singers with the insightful humor of sketch comedy.