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Tuesday, January 13, 2004

You Wouldn't Change It for a Sack of Gold...
Having just seen a well-intentioned, but ultimately dull musical adapted from a novel on Sunday, got me thinking about what source material composers, lyricists, librettists, etc. are currently mining in search of the of the next big Broadway hit. Adapting a book, film, comic strip or what have you for the musical theater is a risky proposition, after all, for every "The Producers," "Hairspray" and "Annie" that would become the thing of legend, musicals based on "Carrie," the works Dr. Seuss, and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" were utter failures? With that in mind, here's a list of some of the subjects musicals that could be lighting up the Great White Way for years to come:

1. Broom Hilda
2. The Wedding Singer
3. Versace killer Andrew Cunanan
4. Soccer star Diego Maradona
5. The music of John Lennon, the Beach Boys, Rod Stewart and Elvis Presley (four separate show, not one combined effort)
Update: Add "Rocky" to the list--with R. Kelly doing the underage girl score. (Link via Live From Five Minutes Ago.)

Similarly, here is a list of subjects that are not currently slated to be made into musicals:

1. The presidential campaign of Joe Lieberman
2. The Dowd Report
3. Al Molinaro's On-Cor frozen dinner commercials
4. The Ben Stiller-Drew Barrymore comedy "The Duplex"
5. The music of Looking Glass

Thanks to Sarah for the Broom Hilda link.
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