March 7, 2014 by T. Gregory Argall
So. This exists…
Sure, it’s in German, but there it is. “Rocky das Musical.”
I’m surprised yet not really surprised at all.
I’ve written (technically) one and a half stage musicals at this point, and I’ve taken a serious look at what makes a “good” musical.
Essentially, if you want a successful musical (or at least one that will get noticed) you need to start with some creative unoriginality.
Musical theatre thrives on retelling stories that have already been told. Andrew Lloyd Webber proved that. For a significant period of time he was the king of Broadway and London’s West End, and almost all of his shows were based on previously existing stories. From “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” through “Cats,” “Evita,” and even “Aspects of Love,” Lloyd Webber just adds music and dancing to stories that people already know.
In more recent years, stage musical fodder has been found in Hollywood’s leftovers. “Footloose,” “Legally Blonde,” “9 to 5,” the list goes on and on.
I saw “Evil Dead The Musical” a few years ago. I sat in the splatter zone and had a fantastic time. But I came away with an understanding that no idea is too bizarre or extreme for musical theatre, as long as it came from somewhere else first.
Getting back to Andrew Lloyd Webber for a moment, his show “Starlight” express was based on Thomas the Tank Engine.
Think about that. Imagine the pitch meeting.
And now, thanks to the creative force that is the German theatrical community, we have “Rocky das Musical: Fight From The Heart.”
That just opens the door to all sorts of possibilities, doesn’t?
I’ve made a short list of movies I’d like to see adapted to the musical stage.
Alien The Musical
Picture the Alien Queen stalking the stage as a choir in facehuggers sings Genesis’s 1983 hit “Mama.”
Air Force One The Musical
“Get Off My Plane” could become the rock anthem of a generation.
Terminator The Musical
The haunting strains of “Searching For Sarah Connor” will be a high school for the arts audition piece for dozens of future performers.
Ghostbusters The Musical
Much like “The Time Warp” worked its way into the general social psyche, “I’ve Been Slimed” will become a party favourite.
The Godfather The Musical
You just know that a song called “Leave The Gun, Take The Cannoli” is going to be an infectious toe-tapper.
So, let’s go, Broadway. Make these happen.
We’ll be here waiting.
Try to be nice to each other.