Back to the future
The film Back to the future already contains a ton of great songs, just primed and ready for a big stage show, such as “The Power of Love”, “Earth Angel” and, of course, “Johnny B. Goode”. But Back to the Future: The Musical completes the story with some additional tunes. Although it may seem somewhat unnecessary for Back to the future purists, there’s something surprisingly subversive about hearing Lorraine sing a romantic ballad about how much she wants to connect with her future son. Biff also joins in – although sadly he doesn’t get any songs about how he hates manure. If it goes well, we can all expect a sequel with a singing and dancing sports almanac.
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Revenge of a Blonde
people like Revenge of a Blonde, so much so that it was adapted into a musical in 2007. The whole thing even aired on MTV, back when it was big business. Of course, the show tells the story of how Elle Woods attends Harvard Law School, but with more choreographed dances. Of course, some of the songs reinforce the film problematic stereotypes and regressive sexual politics. But at least Jennifer Coolidge’s character, Paulette, gets a whole song about how she wishes she was in Ireland with “Enya and the Whales.”
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school of rock
Despite the fact that its main character clearly should have been thrown in jail, school of rock is a terrific comedy – and comes into its own as the basis of a musical, as evidenced by the song “Stick it to the Man” in which the fake Mr. Schneebly (who is actually Dewey Finn) teaches his class the power to challenge authority through song. Of course, all those extra chants make it even harder to believe that no one in a nearby classroom alerted the authorities.
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Apparently, there’s just something about rock comedies starring Jack Black that are catnip for music producers; the musical version of High fidelity premiered in 2006 and was probably the only show on Broadway where you could ironically hear a bitter music nerd talk about their “Top 5 Breakups”.
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Even though it didn’t feature a single emotional number about the weirdness of North Shore High School bloodthirsty school bus driverspeople love mean girls musical, allowing characters like Cady Heron and Regina George to translate their raging hormonal animosity into song form. Now scenes like the one where Cady (originally played in the movie, but definitely not on Broadway, by Lindsay Lohan) is looking for a spot in the school cafeteria-turned-major set, with clever lyrics about very specific cliques.
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A pretty woman
Since Roy Orbison never went into detail about how the pretty woman in his song was actually a cocaine addicted sex worker who falls in love with a handsome millionaire, these elements were fleshed out in the 1990 romantic comedy Julia Roberts – which was recently adapted into a Broadway musical. Now you can hear Vivian’s character sing a Little Mermaid-esque “I Want” song about how she has years to come, not on dry land, but “off the streets”.
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Since people may now be looking for a way to enjoy Bill Murray movies without Bill Murraythere is a musical version of groundhog day. While repeating the same Sonny & Cher song over and over again might have been more appropriate to the source material, the show features original songs by Australian comedian Tim Minchin. And guess what: the whole show is available via this YouTube video taken by a camcorder. So why not dress up in fancy clothes and charge $12 for a Häagen-Dazs ice cream bar while leaning in front of your laptop.
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Fans went crazy for the recent beetle juice musical, and it’s easy to see why. It clearly takes a lot from the Tim Burton original – not just the plot, but the oddly familiar gothic designs as well. But it’s also very much its own thing.
But some of the additions actually enrich the beetle juice mythology; while we’ll never fully know what happened to Lydia’s biological mother in the film, the show clarifies that she died – which makes sense, given Lydia’s state of mind in the story. . The musical also gives him an entire song devoted to mourning his mother, aptly titled: “Dead Mom”.
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