Tiger King, Netflix’s surreal crime docu-series that is 2% tigers and 98% crazy, continues to spread almost faster than corona. And the latest stop on this crazy train is––where else?––musical theater! Composer Andrew Lippa dropped a new song from the musical-in-progress on Soundcloud and it’s what you get when you combine stir craziness with jazz hands.
Rick Moranis starred opposite Ellen Greene in the 1986 movie adaptation of the 1982 Off-Broadway musical Little Shop Of Horrors which was based on the 1960 non-musical movie. Rick played Seymour Krelborn, a bespectacled schlub who falls in love with a woman named Audrey and learns some hard life lessons from a man-eating plant from outer space (Audrey II) . It’s a perfect movie which means it’s time to remake it only worse. So suddenly, Seymour is up for grabs again. It was once rumored that Josh Gad and Rebel Wilson were going to star in a remake, and then there was the rumor that Lady Gaga was going to play Audrey. And now according to Full Circle Cinema, Taron Egerton is in talks to star as Seymour. Which, fine, after Rocketman we know he can hold a tune and pull off glasses. What is more distressing is that Scarlet Johansson is in talks to play Audrey. Frankly, I’m not sure she has the (vocal) range. And, since she wants to be free to play flora so badly, I would like to see her audition for the role of Audry II instead.
Here’s a little something to tide you over until the year 2040 when Hamilton eventually closes on Broadway and they can finally make movie version of it starring Psalm West as Hamilton, Bible Bieber-Bladwin as Aaron Burr, and in a surprisingly witty piece of stunt casting, Archie Mountbatten Windsor as King George. It’s In The Heights aka Bodega: The Musical!
Taylor Swift‘s wet dream is officially complete. As you know, Taylor was cast to be one of those demonic looking entities which are apparently cats in the Cats movie which is coming out at Christmastime. Not only did Taylor get to play a cat (her favorite animal) in a musical (she’s a singer, hello?!) but she also got to write an original song for it with Patti LuPone’s favorite person. Taylor Swift creating an original song for the movie Cats where she plays a cat?! The only way this could get better would be if those demonic cats were all being served Scooter Braun‘s head in their food dish!
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!