Always - The musical about Edward and Wallis Simpson is one of my favourite flops ever. I still listen to the score. It had Clive Carter, Jan Hartley, Shani Wallis and Sheila Ferguson, who seems to be the kiss of death to any musical she appears in.
I have long wondered whether Mapp and Lucia might work as the basis for a musical. Great fun characters, outrageous plots - with the right period pastiche feel, it could be a really entertaining night out.
The Amazing Mr Blunden was one of my favourite films as a child and would be a great musical similar in style to The Secret Garden. Great characters and a chance to use lots of stage effects and magic.
Post by primitivewallflower on May 25, 2017 19:18:50 GMT
Movie: The Shawshank Redemption - has the crucial advantage of being a splendid story. Has the downside of starting out sad and getting (very gradually) happier as it goes but in the right hands it could work well.
Book: Grendel - admittedly pulling a bit of a Wicked here but doing Beowulf from the monster's perspective sounds intriguing.
Biography: Marquis de Lafayette - thrust back in the limelight by Hamilton, his life is amazing. Hero in America, then comes back to France and is for a brief period one of the leading figures of the French Revolution, founding the National Guard and leading the charge for the Declaration of the Rights of Man, before the Revolution almost eats him alive. Tries to escape back to America, gets thrown in an Austrian prison, only released years later after Napoleon intervenes. And then gets caught up in *another* French revolution (1830) and is asked by some to become king, though he refuses. All the while, his reputation in France ebbs and flows between arrogant grand stander and national hero. Plus he's constantly in touch with other revolutionaries throughout the world (Bolivar, Louverture) and after Waterloo even manages to visit America again where he's given a hero's welcome everywhere he goes.
The Ferryman. The two of them could dance round the kitchen at the start, Aunt Maggie Far Away a wistful number about her youth, the drunk teenage boys a punk-style number, Tom the Lennie-character a comic song, or a lovelorn one, an argumentative one between the other aunt and uncle, a menacing number by Muldoon, the whole family a big song and dance about the goose...