This week, The SpongeBob Musical begins its tryouts in Chicago before its Broadway transfer. Two questions come to mind: 1) how will it fare with the critics?
But more importantly 2) Why? Just why?!
The Spongebob Musical marks the latest in pop culture incarnations on Broadway. These have become ever more frequent in the last few years. Some have done well. Others, less so. Spiderman.
Today I thought I’d do a little quiz. Which shows are actual Broadway/West End adaptations of pop culture (e.g. TV, film, books and comics)? Scroll down for the answers and some information and enjoy!
1) The Hunger Games or Jurassic Park Live?
2) Titanic Musical or Moulin Rouge: The Spectacular, Spectacular Musical
3) Spider-Man the Musical or Batman the Musical?
4) Game of Thrones Musical or Lord of the Rings Musical
5) Romeo and Juliet: the Musical or Hip- Hop Othello?
1) Hunger Games
Believe it or not, The Hunger Games will be coming to life. Opening in 2016 (or 2017, awaiting confirmation), London will become Panem as the live theatrical experience opens at Wembley Theatre. May the odds be ever in their favour (mainly because this sounds like a dangerous and difficult show to mount!) Although there is no official Jurassic Park musical, the closest (and pretty close it is) thing we have to it is Walking with Dinosaurs.
2) Titanic Musical
Although adaptations of Moulin Rouge have toured, no incarnation has made it across the pond (yet) to America or the UK. I feel like this must happen at some point considering that the movie works so well. And when it does, I’m sure it will be a spectacular spectacular!
That mean that there is in fact a musical version of Titanic, though not the famous Leonardo DiCaprio one. Currently playing at the Charing Cross Theatre in London, Titanic has garnered rave reviews from critics.
3) Spider-man: Turn off the Dark Musical
I think we all know what the answer to this one is…Spider-man, Spider-man, does whatever a Spider-man can. Unless that is becoming a decent musical. That not so much. The ill-fated and short lived Spider-man musical was the go to joke of the 2012 Tony season. Considering how many people were injured, that’s a tad morbid!
Batman has been made into a musical, though way off Broadway. Like off, off, off, off, off, off, off Broadway. Starkid, the brains behind A Very Potter Musical, brought Holy Musical Batman to life. Probably doing a better job than their spidey counterpart. And for significantly less money.
4) Lord of the Rings Musical
Although it has had a few EdFringe productions, Game of Thrones (regrettably) has not made the jump from page to screen to stage. But to quench your need for this, might I suggest the Coldplay spoof:
Lord of the Rings instead is the one which made it to the London stage, though this is as far as it got. Despite some good reviews and good songs, it ran for 13 months.
5) Trick question: both
Roméo et Juliette is somewhat of a phenomenon in Europe. Originally a French production, this has now spawned countless productions in over 10 languages. My favourite one? The German incarnation. That was possibly the most nerdy sentence ever.
Othello as well once had a musical rejig, at the home of jigs: the Globe. As part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival, a production of Othello was staged in rap by Chicago troop Q Brothers, dubbed Hip-Hop Othello.