Musical episodes are a wonderful break from the norm during some of our favorite shows that run seasons long. Often a fun way to get out of a storyline bogged down by drama and intrigue, a way that often forces characters to reveal secrets, confront inner demons, or express themselves in ways they otherwise couldn’t. Sometimes it’s just for giggles because you have a talented cast that’s itching to show off their vocal chops. Either way, musical episodes tend to be fan favorites that make it on playlists of many-a-nerd for years after the show has ended. And here’s 5 favorites from tv’s best musical episodes.
Disney is no stranger to the musical genre. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t be unfair to say that musicals are Disney’s bread and butter and they have almost perfected the art of transforming a medium that some choose to avoid into a mainstream movie event that appeals to almost any demographic. The trailer for the latest outing in Disney’s movie musical library, Into the Woods, doesn’t showcase much of the music that will likely fill almost every scene, but it does give audiences plenty of reasons to run to the theater opening weekend. (more…)
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ABOVE: This full Predator body paint is awesome and all, but it disturbs me. All I can think is how unfortunate it would be to have sex with a female Predator. I’m assuming Predator pussies have teeth. So getting oral from one of these gals would definitely be toothy, come on, it’s unavoidable. [ObviousWinner]
Rocky is by far my favorite film franchise. Hell, eye of the tiger is my sex background music. Every time I climb a mild to moderate hill I throw my hands in the air and scream “DRAGO!!!!” I’m sure I’m not the only one. Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky, the southpaw underdog with an iron jaw, is a pop culture hero. If the average American isn’t fucking to eye of the tiger, they’re working out to it. The films (except for the 5th one, which sucked farts) are emotional, motivational and inspirational. Need to pump yourself up, then watch the training montage in Rocky IV. Need to watch a good movie for the sake of watching a good movie, then watch Rocky 1. No matter the reason, no matter how many times you watch em’, these flicks never get old. With that said would your appreciation of Rocky be improved or ruined if the characters emotional journey was retold via a musical? Yea that’s right…jazz hands, show tunes and boxing. Sounds crazy enough to work!
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Stallone is set to produce, along with the Klitschkos and producer Kevin King Templeton (The Expendables). Tony Award-winning Producers writer Thomas Meehan is set to pen the story, with Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) directing. Lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty — frequent collaborators who won Tonys for their work on Ragtime — will provide the music, which will include several songs from the Rocky films including “Eye of the Tiger,” “Gonna Fly Now,” and “Take You Back.” In addition, the Klitschkos will be on hand to train the as-yet-uncast lead actor in the sport.
While the original films revolve primarily around, y’know, boxing, Stallone says the musical will focus more heavily on the romantic angle of the tale. “At the end of the day, Rocky is a love story and he could never have reached the final bell without Adrian,” Stallone explained. “To see this story coming to life on a musical stage makes me proud. And it would make Rocky proud.”
Budgeted at $15 million, Rocky: The Musical will have its world debut, in German, in Hamburg November 2012. Stallone plans to then take an English version of the musical on the road to stages worldwide.
I’m such a fan of Rocky that Stallone can manufacturer any related product and I’ll gladly fork over my cash for it. I’m also privy to showtunes, so this is a win-win for me. While I am bit blinded with fan-boy-ism, I do think the material lends itself well to musical theater. Athletic dance numbers. Sweeping love story. Corny yes, but it could work.
It’s no secret that I am lukewarm at best in regards the to The Thing prequel. Admit it, it just looks like the same movie as the John Carpenter classic from 1982. It’s just not enough of a new take to warrant a new movie in my books. Now, a charming little Frank Sinatra-esque musical? Tell me more! Jon and Al Kaplan, the same dudes that gave Silence of the Lambs, Conan the Barbarian, Commando and, Sean Connery the musical treatment have turned their pipes on “The Thing”:
It had to happen sooner or later, zombies and musicals are both magical in their own unique ways. Mashing them together was only a matter linking the love of a gory head-shot with the lyrics and toe tapping music of a David Kelly like television series.
Young Zombie love can be a sweet, awkward thing. Check out the web series Rigamortis – A zombie love story below and tell me that you don’t want to grab your shotgun, slip on dancing shoes, and go two step your way through the Zombie Apocalypse.
Okay, now that its out of my system, there’s a new Pokemon Video out. There’s so much thats funny about Pokemon: The Musical (AKA The Pokemusical). First of all,. There’s dick jokes. Everyone loves a good dick joke. Director Jeff Luppino, who also wrote the lyrics, had a lot of fun with the costuming and the dynamic between Ash Ketchum and Misty. He also “poked” fun at Ash and Pickachu, turning the tiny lovable pokemon into a blond hot chick. Well, that would explain why Ash began with choosing a pokemon that can barely win a fight against, Charazard for an example. And almost every other critter. Just saying.
This video reminds me of the very first season of pokemon, when Ash is finally old enough to begin his training. Now, I have always loved to poke (again, please feel free to laugh) fun at Ash, calling him “Ass Ketcher” and Misty, the pseudo slut who hangs around for ‘ass’thetic purposes, and also pretty much knows everything. The “Team Rocket” (Meowth, thats right!) portrayal wasn’t as visually accurate as some of the other’s, but they did run away like, shall I say, the pussies that they’ve always been. Ash and his crew save the day, and jump off to celebrate.
The people that brought us the magic of the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie musicals are back with a song from Sean Connery. Connery sets us all straight with a musical slap to the face about about life and pronunciation. Sean Connery was the coolest man in the world until that Dos Equis guy showed up. I still have them both at the top of my Thunderdome list. Two coolest men in the world enter, one coolest man leaves.
With every delay, every technical difficulty and every time Spidey gets stuck upside down in the air it becomes apparent that the creators of Spiderman: Turn off the Dark seem to have bitten off more than they can chew. Well, it finally seems that Producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris are tingling because they are making some EPIC changes to the production. With the production not being ready now until Summer rather this month due to rearranging everything from musical number to added new music, original director Julie Taymor will be unable to devote all of her time to the project after this month comes to a close.
A press release just came out stating that we will have to wait just a little longer for our Spidey who is not only high flying but sings and dances too! The musical has been set back numerous times so this comes as no surprise. The bummer of it all is that this thing seemed like it has so much potential when the news was first released ,but after a wind of bad press it has lost a lot of it’s mojo.
So in order to help Spidey “get his groove back” producer have brought musical consultant Paul Bogaev (Tarzan, Bombay Dreams, Aida, Sunset Boulevard) and sound designer Peter Hylenski (Elf, Scottsboro Boys, Rock of Ages, Shrek) to it’s creative team. No doubt these are impressive additions but will it be enough to bring this musical out of the mess it’s in? It’ll be interesting to see if the new plan of attack works.
Both the producers and Bono and TheEdge who are doing the music for the show support Taymor’s vision and her work thus far, but neither seem unhappy about the delay or expanding creative team. With the producers commenting,
“Julie Taymor is not leaving the creative team. Her vision has been at the heart of this production since its inception and will continue to be so. Julie’s previous commitments mean that past March 15th, she cannot work the 24/7 necessary to make the changes in the production in order to be ready for our opening. We cannot exaggerate how technically difficult it is to make such changes to a show of this complexity, so it’s with great pride that we announce that Phil McKinley is joining the creative team. Phil is hugely experienced with productions of this scale and is exactly what SPIDER-MAN Turn off the Dark needs right now.”
and Bono and The Edge tagging onto to that adding,
“Julie is a truly gifted and imaginative director. This is an epic ride, and the standing ovations we have seen from the preview audiences have confirmed our absolute faith in the project. We are listening and learning and, as a result, we have a couple of new songs we are very very excited about putting into the mix. All of us on the creative team are committed to taking SPIDER-MAN to the next level. We are confident it will reach its full potential and when it does, it will open.”
So what do you guys think, will the new additions to Spidey’s team get the musical out of this sticky situation??
Ah . . . the glory of seeing something you didn’t really care much about implode in a $65 million dollar boondoggle. The gloriously disastrous musical that is Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, now the butt of every Broadway joke, has decided to drop back and punt by bringing in Broadway veteran Paul Bogaev. Hired to “help improve the performance, vocal and orchestration arrangements,” Bogaev has his hands full. Bono and the Edge are currently writing new music and the musicals producers are talking to, but have not signed, Spider-Man comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to re-work some of the book (That’s Broadway for “script” . . . Now you know as much as I do about Broadway). Contrary to blog reports, the production has not hired a new director. Three weeks to go before the show’s fifth scheduled opening on March 15.
Fifth times the charm! I’m sure of it!
Just click those ruby red shoes and say,
“There’s no musical like Spiderman,
There’s no musical like Spiderman!”
Now for the salt that’s gonna get rubbed into Julie Taymor’s and Bono’s $65 million dollar wounds. Justin Moran, humorist and playwright, has launched “Spider-man Smackdown”, a guerrilla theater project to write, compose, choreograph, cast, rehearse, and perform a complete musical based on the character Spiderman in New York City before the March 15th opening date of the fifth attempt to open Spiderman: Turn of the Dark on Broadway.
You can check out Moran’s blog for updates and videos about the project like the one below.
“How important is $65 Million in making good theatre?” jokes Moran. “We’re going to develop a story, write a complete musical score and script, design sets and costumes, cast, rehearse, advertise and ultimately mount the production on March 14th, 2011 at the The People’s Improv Theatre in NYC.”
That $65 million is very important, without that you can’t buy enough doughnuts to keep the Unions happy. There are many theatre unions, Actors Equity Association (for actors and stage managers), the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE, for designers and technicians). Many theatres require that their staff be members of these organizations.