I for one....
...welcome our new Arachnid overlords
Mine's the one with 8 sleeves...
Forget Amanda Donohoe and Emmerdale - this week's hot hot hot showbiz news is that Peter Parker could be donning his eight tap shoes as soon as 2009 for Spider-Man - The Musical!. That's according to IESB.net which says Marvel big cheese David Maisel earlier this week confirmed the exciting news, on the proviso he can find a …
Oh, hang on - the Simpsons already did that....
Is there nothing that they won't try to make into a musical?
Twelve Angry Men - The Musical?
Citizen Kane - The Musical?
Angela's Ashes - The Musical?
The Great Gatsby - The Musical?
The Old Man and the Sea - The Musical?
There are lots of musicals made from unlikely subject matter - admittedly some are utterly awful, but some are really great too. Whilst I knew from the outset that "Lord of the Rings - The Musical" was going to be appalling drivel of the highest (lowest?) order, consider "Wicked" - readers of the Gregory McGuire novel would never have guessed it could have been turned into a show, much less an award-winning, compelling, highly entertaining one. Some of the other successful musicals of the last 30 years have come from very unlikely material - "Cats", "Miss Saigon", even "Les Miserables". And "The Lion King" might have had slightly more commercially sound material to work with, but it also shows that the inclusion of a pop writer doesn't necessarily equal bad music.
Disclaimer: Whilst I'm a database developer by day, I'm a musical director by night - but I don't have any involvement with Spiderman - The Musical!
We aliens here at work have a suspicion that the only people who like musicals (well, the ones that take themselves "seriously"; Blues Brothers or South Park don't count, for example) are: Americans, women, or gays -- in no particular order or combination. But given we have no real data on this, what would it be like in England, for example? Other European countries? Asia? Apparently Indians have some taste for this despicable movie gender too, from the snippets I've seen of Bollywood productions. Is that the case? It turns my stomach to see a narrative interrupted by people singing and dancing all of a sudden...
For some reason, even being very musical (and a musician) from an early age, I've always loathed musical movies (specially American ones), which used to show in afternoon TV when I was a kid.
I await, with a heavy sense of impending doom, the inevitable arrival of "X-Men!", the forthcoming Lloyd-Webber musico-theatrical extravaganza, featuring songs such as "Magnet Man", "Requiem For A Jellymutant", "Get Outta My Head, Charles" and "I Get No Kick From Yellow Spandex" which are doubtless destined to become all-time classics.
Just... NO! First the blatant puberty gags of the film, now THIS!!!! You shirt-lifting dirtbags are fucking ruining great characters, please FUCK OFF!
@J - Family Guy gets away with it too.
More to the point, can we sue these people for taking advantage of Stan Lee's obviously degenerative mental condition?