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Adaptations, and other musical notes

Wicked will be opening in repertory in London this coming September. It won't be quite the same version that everyone else has already seen. Apparently the musical will be tweaked to appeal to British audiences, with particular hints that tweaks will emphasize the political subplot of the musical. I don't have any great confidence that this will help the musical, but I do hope it won't hurt it. It's a fabulous piece of musical theater.

There's at least a bit of a tradition of changing musicals to appeal to one side of the ocean instead of the other. Chess was the most extreme instance of this I've met (I prefer the less politically-charged British version, personally.) Meanwhile, another musical I've love to see again, Bombay Dreams, was closed down in London the better part of a year ago, supposedly to be revamped for a New York audience, with the new version eventually re-opening in London. We'll see if that ever happens.

In other musical news, the Lord of the Rings musical opens tomorrow/Saturday in Toronto for preview shows, two days after it was originally scheduled to. With music written in part by A.R. Rahman, composer of Bombay Dreams, I have high hopes for the music at least.

The Lord of the Rings musical is due in London in 2007. Spamalot is coming in October. Meanwhile, The Woman in White and We Will Rock You close later this year.


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Feb. 4th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)
Geni and I saw the woman in white here in nyc. It was good, but not what I expected. I thought it was going to be scary hehe
Feb. 4th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'm curious about it. I loved the book, but I suspect the motivations of the good guys are difficult to convey to a modern audience (in particular Laura, who I thought was a total wimp when I first read the book as a teenager, but I now see as showing a particularly Victorian sort of passive strength); the plot is pretty much driven by the good characters not acting on their gut instincts because of their code of ethics, and the baddies getting away with stuff as a result.

I want someone to do a modern adaptation set in the world of international banking families, etc, with most of the characters Asian or bi-racial. I want Chow Yun Fat in the Count Fosco role because he is one of the suavest men currently on the planet, and I want Sandra Oh as Marion because she is cool.
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