TVLine is reporting that NBC’s next planned live television musical, Hair Live!, has been cut, shaved, swept up and dumped in the trash bin. You can thank the gods, the stars and the fates because you won’t have to suffer through another live musical disaster… at least for now.
Grab your nearest box of tissues (or extra long sleeves should you be out of tissues), because the snot-crying is inevitably set to start up again. It’s been announced that the Color Purple movie musical adaptation is a sure thing. No, not the musical biopic of Prince‘s life post Purple Rain. The OTHER purple masterpiece that was a Tony award winning musical based on an Oscar nominated movie based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book. Are you still following? The Color Purple is now being turned into a movie based on the musical based on the movie based on the book. Oh, Hollywood- you really know how to milk a good thing when you see it!
Despite Russell Crowe’s worst efforts, the movie musical is not dead. It’s actually doing quite well, thanks in no small part, to Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton becoming the talk of the town. According to The Hollywood Reporter, In The Heights, Lin’s first big smash hit and Tony winning juggernaut, is finally on track to get a big screen adaptation after sitting in limbo because of everybody’s least favorite guy, Harvey Fucking Weinstein.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Jagged Little Pill the musical (which totally sounds like a joke from The Critic) will have its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA in May 2018. It’s been in the works since 2013. It will feature songs from Jagged Little Pill as well as melodies lifted from Alanis’ other albums. The book was written by Diablo Cody, and it will be directed by Diane Paulus. THR says it will be a multi-generational family story that touches on “issues of gender identity and race,” and Alanis said this:
“This team that has come together for this Jagged Little Pill musical is my musical theater dream come true. The chemistry between all of us is crackling and I feel honored to be diving into these songs again, surrounded by all of this searing talent. Diablo and Diane are already taking these deeply personal songs that are part of my soul’s marrow to a whole other level of hope, freedom and complexity.”
They hope to take Jagged Little Pill to Broadway, but that sort of depends on how well it does in Cambridge first.
I’m really bummed the story won’t be based off the subject matter of Jagged Little Pill and all its scandalous Dave Coulier lore. And can you even really call it a Jagged Little Pill musical if Act 1 doesn’t end with all four Alanises from the Ironic video belting it out in the rain in front of a kick line of dancers dressed as flies, cigarettes, lottery tickets, and spoons?
Pic: Warner Music Group
NBC’s next live musical Bye Bye Birdie, starring Jennifer Lopez, isn’t going to terrorize our ears until later this year and so who knows if it’s going to be a flop or not. But NBC doesn’t care about that and has already picked out its next live musical. They will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus by doing Jesus Christ Superstar Live on Easter Sunday, which falls on April 1, 2018. Yes, NBC is doing Jesus Christ Superstar Live on Easter, which is also April Fool’s Day. That’s perfect wrapped in another layer of perfect and sprinkled with even more perfect. And no, I didn’t screw up the header pic. That’s not a picture of a hipster getting escorted out of Burning Man’s Gayborhood after acting a fool. It’s a picture of Ted Neeley as Jesus in the Jesus Christ Superstar movie from 1973.