Putting a Face on Theatre
This past weekend I went to see a production of A Clockwork Orange: A Play with Music. Yes, it was totally legit. In fact, Anthony Burgess wrote the show himself after feeling that Stanley Kubrick didn't do right by his novel when Kubrick adapted it into a movie. Burgess used the same music Alex DeLarge loved for his play -- Beethoven's Ninth, Fifth, and other orchestral pieces, and then wrote lyrics to go over it.
And, of course, as is my wont, it got me thinking about OTHER novels I'd like to see transformed into musicals. Here were a few of my ideas:
The Hunger Games -- Think Oliver! (Food! Glorious Food!) meets Les Mis.
The Shining -- Phantom of the Opera meets Billy Elliott.
50 Shades of Grey -- Oh wait, someone is...
A Catcher in the Rye -- Just the thought is probably enough to set J.D. Salinger spinning in his grave. My god, can you imagine the all-white Broadway posters?
The Wealth of Nations -- Rent meets Death of a Salesman.
What novels do you want to see turned into a musical? Tell me in the comments! That can be jokes like this, or a book you'd honestly love to see as a musical. Just go ahead and share your thoughts!