With the economic slowdown affecting all areas of entertainment, Broadway producers have been banking on big names (i.e. movie stars) and high concepts (safe, crowd pleasing ideas) to help pack houses. And since famous properties like The Addams Family, Mary Poppins and Spider-Man are here or will be coming to the Great White Way, I began to think, “Why not just go over-the-top and really put on a wild spectacle people won’t forget?”
After pondering back to the Grand Guignol insanity of the terrorist black comedy The Lieutenant Of Inishmore that I witnessed in 2006, I began thinking of how great it might be to translate some major action movies to the stage. Sound crazy? Well, some other people have had the same idea, as you can see in the five clips below. Just imagine all the flying fists and kicks, crazy gunfire, slicing and dicing and rising body counts, live in front of hundreds of people every night. It would not be high art, but it would be hilarious fun.
Conan The Barbarian: The Musical
Wolverine: The Musical
Hugh Jackman singing from a proposed Wolverine musical — skip ahead to 3:30.
(Hugh’s a good sport.)
Terminator 2: The Musical (with Rebecca Romijn)
Rambo: The Musical — The second Rambo movie.