When two of your superhero leads have natural chemistry and a background in musical television, then you’ve got to take advantage, right? Especially when you’ve got a villain named the Music Meister waiting in the wings. So now the moment has come for the Flash and Supergirl to show off their musical chops, or rather their alter egos Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist, as it’s exactly one week till the hotly anticipated musical episode of The Flashcalled “Duet.” And behold: we now have a new trailer for the episode, which strongly implies that Barry and Kara are going to have to sing, or die! (more…)
In 1993, a quirky comedy film about a TV weatherman getting stuck in an inexplicable time loop was released and almost immediately became an irrevocable part of popular culture in the west. In 2006, Groundhog Day was added to the United States National Film Registery, having been deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. In 2016, it was offered yet another tribute when it premiered as a stage musical, with a book by Danny Rubin (who co-wrote the movie and wrote the story on which it was based) and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, who also wrote the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. (more…)
For years and years, talk of a Beetlejuice sequel kept happening with absolutely no indication that it was any closer to becoming a reality. It’s a blessing and a curse because honestly who wants to see a sub-par sequel to Beetlejuice? On the other hand, who wouldn’t want to see more Beetlejuice? Perhaps this solution is the best of both worlds. Evidently, there’s a Beetlejuice musical in development to make its Broadway bow sometime in the 2018/2019 season, part of a never-ending trend now of turning beloved and popular movies into lavish stage musicals. (more…)
It was kind of bombshell yesterday when the CW announced at the Television Critics Association Press Tour that they were considering a two-part musical crossover between Supergirland The Flash. Why not? The stars of both series have musical experience, so why not exploit that? The Flash already has if you’ll recall season one’s one-off trip to the karaoke bar. So we’ve got superheroes, we’ve got singing, the whole thing needs now a director, someone with previous experience himself combining the two art forms… Can you think of a better person to pull this off than Joss Whedon? Apparently, neither can the powers that be at the CW. (more…)
With so many of the most popular comics nowadays revolving around such high adrenaline elements, it’s easy to forget about the average Joe’s of the comic world. Case in point: Archie comics; just regular teens going through regular high school drama. In an effort to revive Archie, Funny or Die writer/director Adam McKay and Archie Comics are teaming up for an Archie Broadway Musical. With past projects including Anchorman and Talladega Nights, McKay will surely inject the perfect doses of youth and humor into the musical, along with the companion book that he’ll write. The Riverdale gang is NYC bound, and Funny or Die will be co-presenting! (more…)
Just when you thought they couldn’t take anything more and turn it into a zombie movie, Canadian filmmaker Brett Kelly proved all the naysayers wrong. As part of the National Fan Expo in Toronto Thursday (and carrying through on till Sunday evening), Kelly’s new film called My Fair Zombie was screened for zombie fans sick and tired of the same old survivalist, post-apocalypse shtick of an undead tale. Although my mother and a generation full of young women who admired Audrey Hepburn would be shocked and appalled, Kelly has taken the 1964 classic and turned into a zom-com-musical with flare. (more…)
It seemed like it was never going to open in the first place. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the big, Broadway musical adaptation of the Marvel Comics hero, began production in 2007 and burned through millions of dollars, saw several changes in cast and production staff and had more than a couple of on-stage injuries, all before preview performances had even begun. Still, Turn Off the Dark has managed to eek out a place for itself on the Great White Way, at least it will until this coming January. (more…)
Following in the footsteps of The Lion King, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Producers and Evil Dead, it seems that the next Hollywood movie heading for a musical adaptation is The Princess Bride. Inconceivable? Not really, since the deal involves no less than the man behind the story in the first place and one of the biggest names in huge, stage musicals currently working. (more…)
I love musicals. And that’s one of the big reasons why I loved Disney movies as a kid. Some of those childhood favorites made their way to the stage and did pretty well for themselves, like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.
Alan Menken, who was the songwriter for the aforementioned Disney films as well as Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, mentioned at a recent Disneyland performance that Aladdin may be making its way to Broadway. It’s already being performed on stage in the United States and is currently on in Utah until the end of October.
I think it’s about damn time that this became a thing! What do you guys think?