Everything I’ve seen come out of Repo! The Genetic Opera
so far is pretty damn good, so of course, I’m going to go see it Friday. This is actually saying a lot because 1) I don’t typically like musicals and 2) I don’t think Paris Hilton
is a good actress. After some deep pondering the other night, I realized there’s a new trend in film as well as theatre: the horror musical. You all know what I’m going to say now: best idea ever. That’s right, Spilloids, I’m super pumped that I may (or may not) have a reason to like musicals now. So, what movies have been turned into musicals so far? I’m glad you asked! Just a side note, some of these were actually musicals first and were then adapted for the big-screen and either way rule school.
Little Shop of Horrors
This movie is more or less the first ever horror musical…and it rules. It is one of a very small handful of musicals I actually enjoy. In fact, when I was in high school, I auditioned to play Audrey II because the thought of a jazzy-ass girl singing that part more or less excited me beyond control. What’s better than a singing, man-eating Venus Flytrap? Nada. Plus, Jack Nicholson
and Rick Moranis
had roles in the film adaptations, so if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Hooray for cannibalism and murder! No, seriously…it’s awesome in its fantastic entirety. When Stephen Sondheim
wrote this musical many years ago, it was risqué as hell. To be honest, it still is, but when you put Johnny Depp
in the lead role, everything is good in the world. I don’t think there was a single person anywhere whose jaw didn’t immediately drop to the floor when he sliced and diced that first person, even 30 years after the musical originally came out.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Even though I personally don’t like this musical, it was a big step for those of us who enjoy the weird things in life. Transvestites, cannibalism, sex, incest, aliens…this musical had just about anything that will make people’s stomachs turn and heads tilt, which is why it’s so great. The songs are horribly catchy and most people (whether they’d like to admit it or not) more than likely know how to do the Time Warp. For the record, the fact that Tim Curry
looks THAT HOT in a corset is just wrong, but oh so right.
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Due to come out in spring 2009, this classic creature feature is going to be doing a little tap-tap-taping which fills my heart with sheer joy. Unfortunately, unless you live in the Los Angeles area, there’s no way you’ll be able to see it, at least immediately. The idea of singing Gill-Man having a fierce vibrato is just fucking incredible and could only imagine the insanity that will ensue on that stage. I mean, come on, the original is smile/laugh-worthy as it is, so more than likely it’s only going to be drawn out into some hilarious, drama-filled sing-a-thon, which is genius in my book.
Also playing in Los Angeles through September was The Fly: The Opera
. That’s right, kids, Cronenberg
has made his official move from behind the screen to behind the curtain. He teamed up with musical genius Howard Shore
, who you know from doing movie and TV scores for decades, to turn his incredible movie into an incredible opera. Check out the site
for the musical for awesome pictures of the production. Seeing that crazy fly-man hybrid would be 90 times more terrifying in person than on-screen.
Night of the Living Dead
Whoever said nothing good comes out of New Jersey is dead wrong (har har) because a troupe of actors came up with the BRILLIANT idea to turn George A. Romero
’s classic zombie flick into a musical comedy. I heard about this being done years ago and actually thought it was a joke until I saw their MySpace page
. If interested, check it out for clips and trailers for the musical. In the meantime, I’m going to go pout in the corner for not catching onto this sooner…
I’m still saving up enough money to get a ticket to see this in NYC while it’s still here. Megan Mullally
, who you may know as Karen from “Will and Grace”
(she’s a fantastic singer, honestly), played the part of Elizabeth until August this year. For those of you who don’t live anywhere near “The Big Apple,” never fear! Its touring production starts in 2009. Oh, what I would do to see that hilarious rendition of “Puttin’ on the Ritz” in person…(not that, you pervs).
Giant Killer Shark
Canada, I love you and your crazy-ass ideas! I have no idea how the hell this would work on stage, but I’m willing to travel to your awesomeness to find out. Critics are saying nice things about it like, “Fucking hilarious” and “Loads of laughs” which means nothing but good things for this production. You have to take a minute to check out some of the songs
(aside from the drunken sing-along…which is a given) because they’re pretty damn great.
The Toxic Avenger
You remember what I said about the Night of the Living Dead
musical? Well, guess which else was made into a musical in New Jersey? That’s right, our favorite toxic friend, Toxie AKA The Toxic Avenger. It just closed four days ago, but with all the awesome reviews it received it will more than likely be back for round two (or up to round four, if it’s similar to the movie series). If you really want the production to come to you, you can email the cast and crew
through the page and try to convince them to come! Rad, isn’t it?
Again, you canooks, I love you! With over 400 performances, it’s now closed in Toronto, but lucky for the rest of us, people are jumping on the Evil Dead
bandwagon (it’s huge, believe me) and doing productions of it across the world. Yes, I do mean the world (i.e. South Korea and Germany). The places so far that have been announced in the U.S. are in Norfolk, Virginia and Martinez, California, but give it time. You bet your sweet ass when it comes to New York again that I’ll be first in line. Check out the clips
for some hysterical shit. Did I mention it’s coming to the big-screen as well? I know, try to contain yourselves.