So every old TV show is now becoming a movie and so movies are feeling left out, what can big successful movies do to have another moment in the sun? The whole blu-ray disc thing didn't really work out and this new re-release of old movies, who are we kidding? Suddenly a Jurassic Park trailer comes on before my youtube clip as if it's a new feature film. NO.
So since Les Mis broke the musical curse on the big screen (as in nobody went to see musicals since Chicago came out, ernn Mamma Mia? Rock of Ages? Yeah...) we can now bring musicals up again without too much skepticism. In fact, musicals are about to blow up! Get ready, because Mean Girls and School of Rock are becoming musicals soon!!
Tina Fey has been thinking about a Mean Girls musical for a while, apparently. In 2007 she said:
Thankfully her husband, Jeff Richmond, is a composer and will be writing the songs for the musical. If only we all had composer husbands to adapt our super successful movie into a musical...
Anyway, all we really know is that it is going to happen someday... There is no songs yet or release date but there is my unbridled enthusiasm and Buzzfeed's dream casting.
In other exciting news, Andrew Lloyd Webber announced last week that he would be adapting School of Rock into a musical. He's a semi-successful guy behind Cats, Evita, and Phantom of the Opera, but no biggie. Basically the best thing to happen to Broadway in a while. No pressure, as long as they have this line, it will be okay:
This obviously isn't the first time this is happening. Just last year Ghost, Elf, Newsies and Once were brought to Broadway (and Once even won the Tony for Best Musical), not to mention big successes (and controversy) with Spiderman: Turn off the Dark and Billy Elliot. But still, this is cause for celebration.
Also, if you're a Broadway fan/movie fan/have the money to see a show, check out Matilda that opened in March, Flashdance will open in August, Big Fish in September, and Aladdin in 2014 are all making their "I'm a musical now!" debut.