Biopic Musicals vs. Jukebox Musicals

RW3
Broadway Star
joined:7/20/13
Which are harder to produce, write, direct, choreograph, etc?
millie_dillmount
Broadway Legend
joined:4/22/04
They both can be in terms of writing and directing. With biopic musicals, you really want to stay as true to the story as possible. With jukebox musicals (specifically one in which you are using songs from one artist or group's repertoire), it can be difficult to come up with a decent story that will tie the songs together.
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loliveve
Broadway Star
joined:6/24/12
[EDIT- since you seem sincere in your interest, I'll remove what I said. But in all seriousness, please try to exercise some discernment in what questions you pose!]
Updated On: 8/8/13 at 09:54 PM
RW3
Broadway Star
joined:7/20/13
^Those other threads were just for fun. This is is actually a serious question. I've always thought about writing my own musical and I'm trying to see whether I should start either write biopic, jukebox, or an original musical.
jnb9872
Broadway Legend
joined:11/24/08
Start with an idea you're passionate about, not a form of theatre you think'll be easiest.

The easiest one to write will the be the one whose story you need to tell.

Words don’t deserve that kind of malarkey. They’re innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they’re no good anymore…I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.
Updated On: 8/8/13 at 10:14 PM
GavestonPS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/10/12
^^^ Great advice!

And I didn't see the deleted threads, but given the popularity of both forms, this seems a worthwhile subject for discussion.
justincharacter
Broadway Star
joined:6/11/13
@RW3 Let us know when you figure it out!
RW3
Broadway Star
joined:7/20/13
Thanks for all the suggestions, it really has made my decision a little bit easier!!!
P.S. I'll try to calm down on the dream casting threads!
justincharacter
Broadway Star
joined:6/11/13
Whose music were you interested in including for the jukebox musical, or were you still thinking?

Updated On: 8/8/13 at 10:38 PM
RW3
Broadway Star
joined:7/20/13
I narrowed it down to Adele or Amy Winehouse.
justincharacter
Broadway Star
joined:6/11/13
Oh, who else came to mind other than them?
RW3
Broadway Star
joined:7/20/13
At one point, I thought about writing an Elvis musical. Another idea was doing what Rock of Ages did and pull a collection of rock songs from the 80s only in this case would be songs from the 21st century. So, I've had a lot of ideas.
madbrian
Broadway Legend
joined:6/1/06
I will echo what someone said earlier in the thread: focus on the story you need to tell. Once you figure that out, then worry about the format.
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Minadnan
Understudy
joined:8/6/13
I do not think any is easier to produce. I do not know why you would ask that question. Even though something is easier does not mean the public will like it nor will it be successful. I believe in hard work and passion for the topic you are planning to do and lots of time to re write change and fix your work.
Minadnan
Understudy
joined:8/6/13
RW3 its all very well thinking on what songs you will use but the heart and soul of a musical is the BOOK its what differs the modern musical to Ziegfeld's Follies.
dreaming
Broadway Legend
joined:4/24/09
You do realize you need to obtain the rights to use the music and the stories of the artists behind them? That is a long, arduous and potentially expensive process. You would do well to contact a lawyer to help you if you wish to go that route. It's harder using pre-existing material sometimes because you need to pay the creators for the use of their work.

I think you need to understand that going in.
ggersten
Broadway Legend
joined:5/11/06
Rights are a huge issue. Search here for stories about the problems "Applause" had with the rights to the film script for "All About Eve".

As others have said, you need a story that people may relate to for a jukebox musical - why does Mamma Mia succeed where All Shook Up did not? Why does Moving Out succeed where Good Vibrations does not? Rock of Ages or Hot Feet?

Biopics? Not certain what you mean. Are you going to stick to the "truth" or use it as a jumping off point. And here, it's not enough to have a good story or even a good trunkload of songs - it needs to be well crafted - and most likely have something else to say than just "Here was a life"
Compare the following hits and misses:
Evita, Barnum, Will Rogers Follies, Jersey Boys, Funny Girl and Fiorello! with Lennon, Scandalous, Rothschilds, Mack and Mabel, George M, Chaplin.
Minadnan
Understudy
joined:8/6/13
right they are hand and hand songs and the book and actors
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
I is amazing when you think about it but "Crazy For You & Nice Work " were both "jukebox musicals".
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N2N Nate.
Broadway Star
joined:7/11/13
Produce: Both
Direct: Both
Write: Jukebox
Choreograph: Both?

Congrats on having a thread that has nothing to do with WICKED.
So Lauren Bacall me, anything goes! *wink*
Mr Roxy
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Thank God

Loved Bakers Wife & Pippin but hated Wicked. Why it is still running escapes me
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iWannaBEaSedaris
Understudy
joined:6/1/08
Biopic Musicals vs. Jukebox Musicals
Posted: 8/11/13 at 05:40pm
Not to be a catty poster, but you do realize that Biopic is a portmanteau of Biography and Picture referring to films. BioMusicals are fun too though.
Jon
Broadway Legend
joined:2/20/04
Biopic Musicals vs. Jukebox Musicals
Posted: 8/12/13 at 07:20am
I love when idiot TV news readers mispronounce it "bye-OPP-ic", like it's some sort of device that improves vision.