So I thought, why not get excited about next year and take a look at what we got?
(Keep in mind, none of these shows may even open! And the list changes daily... and one could come out of nowhere... like American Idiot this year...)
In alphabetical order:
Catch Me If You Can, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying!, Love Never Dies, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, The Scottsboro Boys, Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and Yank!
BIGGEST TREND (BY FAR):
Movies turned into musicals...three of these are directly adapted from films - Priscilla, Women on the Verge, and Catch Me If You Can. And one, Spider-man, will be heavily identified with the film series, despite all pleas to the contrary that it is based on a comic...
DOES TWO YEARS IN A ROW COUNT AS A TREND?:
This year, we had The Addams Family, which has publicity begging us to believe it is based solely on those cute New Yorker panels, though it uses the TV theme song and relies somewhat on the public's knowledge of the movies. Next year, we have Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark , which has the same issues, PLUS it is already setting itself up to be next season's whipping boy...just like The Addams Family... (A good first step might be to change the title...it invites a perverbial "kick me" sign, doesn't it?)
SPEAKING OF WHIPPING BOY:
How about Love Never Dies? I mean really, does it stand a chance over here? No one likes it, it doesn't star anyone compelling (at least with his clothes on), and no one seems to want to give Sierra Boggess a break.
A MORE POPULAR BOY:
I bet Daniel Radcliffe hopes he can shed his little boy Harry Potter image altogether when he comes back to Broadway in a new revival of How to Succeed... It seems the perfect role. He plays a grown up character that relies heavily on boyish charms and looks... just ask Robert Morse, Matthew Broderick, Ralph Macchio or John Stamos. Let's hope he can sing... he proved he can act in Equus. It would be nice to have another genuine star who does both Broadway and big films. There is room for another Hugh Jackman, I'm sure.
WILL SMALL STAGE SUCCESS WORK ON A BIGGER STAGE:
Yank!, on the other hand, seemed to embrace its smallness. I am not exaggerating when I say that the waiting room outside the restrooms at the Booth Theatre is bigger than the entire York Theatre Company stage and house. Still, it could easily (if done with care) grow... I mean it uses the old 40's propaganda and musical films as touchstones for the entire show. And, God, please let Bobby Steggert stay with the show AND be in a hit!
DRAG QUEENS RULE!:
La Cage looks like it'll be a hit. Chicago features a drag role. And Mamma Mia's finale might as well be a drag show. So Priscilla: Queen of the Desert should fit right in. Plus there is the pop score - I've always considered "Shake your Groove Thing" to be a show tune, anyway. And now rumors that two of Broadway's hottest (smoking hot) stars are being courted for two of the three starring roles! If Will Swensen and Matt Cavanaugh sign on, get me to the box office!!!
I LOVE THE MOVIES!:
And at least the other two movie-based films have some serious pedigree. Women on the Verge... which also has the honor of being 2010-2011's first new musical, has David Yazbek as its musical writer and Jeffrey Lane for its book. Yazbek has spun gold from two marginal films - in fact, he improved them both in their stage versions - The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (with Lane).
No matter how you look at it, the new season is already exciting with just the possibilities!
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