re: This Doesn't Sound Good

Timmer
Broadway Star
joined:2/21/06
This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 06:03pm
My wife and I were talking and we came to the idea that many great Broadway shows sound like horrible ideas if you try to do a one-sentence description for them.

For example, "we're going to take Romeo and Juliet", move it to New York in the 1950s, make the families gangs, and add a score by a classical coonductor." Yeah, that one should work.

Or, "There is a 35-year-old single guy with five sets of married friends. The show shows how they interact in each other's lives." Great.

Yet we know these two were successful.

can you come up with a similarly discouraging summary for a classic, successful musical?
raphael06
Leading Actor
joined:1/8/07
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 06:22pm
My favorite is Sweeny Todd- There is a man and woman who kill people and put them into pies.
"I chose and my world was shaken. So what? The choice may have been mistaken. The choosing was not."-Sunday in the Park with George
vinnylin
Stand-by
joined:1/4/07
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 06:25pm
"A young would-be nun is sent to look after seven children. With a guitar and a couple of tunes she single-handedly transforms the family into a popular singing group, steals the heart of their austere sea captain father, and leads them all across the mountains to safety from the pursuing Nazis."

The Sound of Music
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Night707
Stand-by
joined:5/23/07
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 06:26pm
A musical about CATS!!!
:D
KJisgroovy
Broadway Star
joined:1/30/04
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 06:29pm
If you don't think the Sound of Music and West Side Story sound like good ideas for musicals... I am curious as to what DOES sound like a good idea for a musical? Especially the Sound of Music... The story is already filled with music... before you start to musicalize it.

As crazy as some ideas for musicals are... there are Operas that are far worse...


kmc
Jesus saves. I spend.
jpbran
Broadway Legend
joined:3/8/06
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 06:33pm
"A musical about vampires!

Wait, no, make that THREE different musicals about vampires, all within about 3 years!! One should be a success, right?

Um... right?"
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 06:33pm
Let's do an opera about Jerry Springer
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth - Lillian Hellman.
raphael06
Leading Actor
joined:1/8/07
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 06:36pm
Let's write an ENTIRE musical about a spelling bee.
"I chose and my world was shaken. So what? The choice may have been mistaken. The choosing was not."-Sunday in the Park with George
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 06:38pm
How about a musical of that Roger Corman B movie "Little Shop of Horrors ?
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth - Lillian Hellman.
RockabyeHamlet
Broadway Legend
joined:7/1/05
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 06:50pm
"A musical about presidential assains"



P.S Jp- I love your icon. Where did you find it?

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thevolleyballer
Broadway Legend
joined:9/29/04
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 07:01pm
"A fat girl gets to be on television and subsequently single-handedly ends segregation in Baltimore."

Interesting, actually...
BroadwayEnthusiast2
Broadway Legend
joined:5/13/07
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 07:05pm
^or better-"a musical based off a john waters movie"

"Young Frankenstein!!!"<-sounds very intriguing....
"I mean, sitting side by side with another man watching Patti LuPone play Rose in GYPSY on Broadway is essentially the equivalent of having hardcore sex." -Wanna Be A Foster. "Say 'Goody.' Say 'Bubbi.'" ... "That's it. Exactly as if it were 'Goody.' Now I know you're gonna sing 'Goody' this time, but nevertheless..."
gumbo2
Broadway Legend
joined:8/21/05
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 07:06pm
A charismatic Jewish man (who constantly breaks the 4th wall to cover exposition) sees 3 of his daughters married, and then Russians come and make all the Jews leave. Oh, and it is like, three hours long.
CATSNYrevival
Broadway Legend
joined:3/1/04
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 07:16pm
well, of course they're all going to sound terrible when you describe them like that.
That's right! Underscore mother-fu@#ers!
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 07:17pm
How about a musical about The Rothschilds ?

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth - Lillian Hellman.
Updated On: 5/29/07 at 07:17 PM
i.heart.link
Featured Actor
joined:5/7/07
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 07:22pm
How bout a musical about auditioning for a musical??
Updated On: 5/29/07 at 07:22 PM
ashbash1990
Broadway Star
joined:10/15/06
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 07:31pm
-A Musical about the Declaration of Independence (1776)
-A Classic Italian Opera re-written by 2 french guys about Vietnam (Miss Saigon)
-The Drowsy Chaperone
-A Musical of the life of Eva Peron
What a night! I was in more laps than a napkin!
HumATune
Broadway Star
joined:4/7/06
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 07:49pm
After a guy spends 19 yeas in prison and a bishop gives him two candlesticks which help him start a new life as mayor of a small town, he adopts a prostitute’s bastard daughter and gets followed around for his entire life by a policemen from his old correctional facility.
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 07:53pm
I still can't believe they turned GG into a brilliant show.
I mean the documentary was interesting, but what possessed them to even think it had musical potential is beyond me.
It's a credit to their artistry that they did it so wonderfully.

....but the world goes 'round
i.heart.link
Featured Actor
joined:5/7/07
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 07:58pm
Let's make a musical combining Dr. Seuss books! (I'd see it from that description lol)
keybowvio
Understudy
joined:3/6/07
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 08:08pm
maybe not a plot summary, but has anyone read the book WICKED? how could ANYONE read that book and think, upbeat (compared to the book) flashy, highly succesfull bway musical
TapTapTapioca
Broadway Legend
joined:5/27/07
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 08:11pm
Let's make a musical combining Dr. Seuss books!

That actually sounds good, but it turned out to be a flop.
I shave me Xanadu every morning!
AnnaK<3LMIP
Broadway Legend
joined:4/20/07
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 08:12pm
Oh true dat keybowvio
I mean, Denzel Washington? Gun to my head..of course.
i.heart.link
Featured Actor
joined:5/7/07
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 08:13pm
Maybe shows with good short descriptions flop!
theaterkid1015
Broadway Legend
joined:6/15/06
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 08:13pm
So, there's this orphan, a dog, a billionaire, and FDR.
Some people paint, some people sew, I meddle.
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Posted: 5/29/07 at 08:14pm
How about a musical about Siamese twins ?

A flop that deserved a much better fate with a great score & performances to match
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth - Lillian Hellman.