Thursday, September 11, 2008

Blog: The Musical

USA Today has their Fall stage preview in today’s issue and it’s always interesting to see what the mainstream press picks up on in terms of theater. First off, like everything else in culture these days, it’s all about the celebrities! There’s also a feel good tale about young boys catching their first big break. But most disturbing to me is all of the “The Musical” suffixes out there. As you may have seen, “Menopause: The Musical” was recently in C’Ville. On Broadway this fall we’ll have “Billy Elliot: The Musical,” “Tale of Two Cities: The Musical,” and most scary of all, “Shrek: The Musical.”

Sure, you can’t judge just from the suffix (and from what I hear from the Steingold sisters, “Two Cities” is very “Les Miz”-like, which frankly works just fine for me), but still, I think we’re almost in a post-post ironic stage with the whole “The Musical” thing. “Springtime for Hitler” signaled the first wave decades ago. Now, with both “Batman: The Musical” and “Spiderman: The Musical” having been talked about, it seems that “Apocalypse Now: The Musical” or “Post-Nasal Drip: The Musical” wouldn’t even raise an eyebrow. Will we ever get back to the day when a musical can just have a name – like “Spring Awakening” for instance – and not be weighted down by the suffix?

And speaking of all that, it’s not just the theater that’s into the whole recycling thing. Here’s a review of the new opera, “The Fly,” which is currently playing out in L.A. What I wanted to know is how did they avoid a headline like “Fly generated a buzz”?


Rick St. Peter said...

Charles Edward Pogue, the screenwriter for the David Cronenberg Fly is on my board here at AGL...he's irritated cuz he's not getting a piece of the Fly opera...

I want to see Dr Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog turned into a musical, only if the original cast stars in it!!


Andrew Hamm said...

I have post-nasal drip right now. Trust me, no one wants it. If I had "Post-Nasal Drip: the Musical," that might be more appealing.

Thespis' Little Helper said...


SHREK THE MUSICAL looks very promising. Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire (who tells me it's going really well in Seattle tryouts...mwahahaha...and who has already won some award as promising musical theatre lyricist even before the show opened!), Jeanine Tesori, Brian D'Arcy James, Sutton Foster...COME ON!!!

I'm peeing my pants with excitement!

(or maybe today is just my day to be the voice of dissent...hmmm...something to ponder)

Anonymous said...

I just had a case of Bell's Palsy and am seriously considering writing "Palsy Boy: The Musical". Musicals make all afflictions fun!

p.s. Get ready for an imminent announcement on a holiday musical addition to the Firehouse's season for a winter slot between Widow's Blind Date and Rabbit Hole.

Tale of Two Cities Musical said...

I thought you might be interested in another “Tale of Two Cities Musical” that is wending it's way to Broadway (Perhaps via Boston). This one has a distinctively low budget so far but a very singable score and an engaging book. You might want to check out some of the songs.