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Let's dream produce/cast "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar: The Broadway Musical!"

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Music by Marc Shaiman.

Lyrics by  Kristen Wiig and Marc Shaiman (additional lyrics by Lin Manuel Miranda)

Directed by Thomas Kail

Starring

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo alternating in the lead roles of Barb and Star

Jamie Dornan as Edgar

Okay, so a lot of my dream casting is just like the movie, but I am a veteran of this board's Wicked threads and so this is not unprecedented. 

Who else has awesome ideas?

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I first cringed when I saw the heading of this thread but having seen the film, I think it could work. The film is dumb silly fun but with a nice message - it’s never too late to let go and enjoy life, so it resonates while giving lots of opportunities to play with the film’s plot and adapt it for the stage. It’s loud and colorful like HAIRSPRAY and I definitely see Wiig and Mumolo doing it on Broadway to get it going and to get the Broadway creds.

I’m ready to buy tickets.

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I would move into the theatre and never leave. I haven’t laughed at a movie this hard in so long.

Also,
-Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Seagull in the Sand
-Gavin Creel - Seagull on the Tire
-Patti Murin as Talking Club President
-Brooks Ashmanskas - Piano Man
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Now I need to walk over to 7-11 and make myself a suicide.
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Okay, so a lot of my dream casting is just like the movie, but I am a veteran of this board's Wicked threads and so this is not unprecedented.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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I could get into the following playing Barb and Star:
Mary Testa
Ellen Greene
Katie Finneran
Kathryn Hahn
Annie Golden

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Hahahahaaa! I love all of this!
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I LOVE THIS BOARD! 
I've been trying to figure out how to give a free plug to my new movie BARB AND STAR... and here you guys come and splash it right on the top of the page! 

We made this labor of love back in the summer of 2019 mostly in Mexico (locations in Cancun and Mexico City and sets built on stages in CDMX) with a smidge shot in Albuquerque. It should have been even more of a musical than it is-- there's an entire musical finale that was shot on the beach which was cut but will hopefully appear on the dvd. How great it would be to have this show reconceived for Broadway and yes!!! Shaiman and Whitman are the perfect pair to take it on! 

I'd only suggest some casting out of the lily white box-- even Nebraska has black folks. 

Jessie Mueller and La Chanze would be amazing.

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#9
Posted: 2/14/21 at 3:37pm

I was thinking Ana Gasteyer paired with Maya Rudolph wouldn’t be too bad

Updated On: 2/14/21 at 03:37 PM
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#10
Posted: 2/14/21 at 8:39pm

I started this thread as a half-parody, half-satire, half-serious, yes, three halves, what of it?

I was about 15 minutes into watching the movie and I thought how funny it would be to smoosh a "What movie would make a good Broadway musical thread?" into a  "Dream cast this musical thread!" with pinch of a "Let's talk about this funny movie!" thread, but in a different way than usual.

And let me say, the way you contributors picked it all up and ran with it is just PERFECT.  I love all the casting suggestions.  Jordan's almost made me aspirate my seltzer, And I too, if I were being more serious about a casting discussion, would definitely make it more diverse, since the locations it's set are pretty diverse.

I thought we might add a Balladeer/Narrator/Mysterious Man who  becomes the Damon Wayans's character, Darlie Bunkle. 

 

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#11
Posted: 2/15/21 at 1:49am
^^ Yes he must! Great idea. In fact Darley Bunkle and Edgar shared an extended scene that was cut— a meet-up in a Pizzeria, home of the 4’ pie, where elaborate Rube Goldberg gags ensued culminating in a pizza paddle flinging a 4’ pie across the room. Can’t wait to watch it on the dvd one day.

Namo I adore how your put-on thread grew into a damn good suggestion I’ll take to my buddies at Lionsgate!
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#12
Posted: 2/15/21 at 10:10am
Katya Zamolodchikova As Dr. Lady!
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#13
Posted: 2/15/21 at 11:08am
I wasn’t going to watch it for the fifth time last night but I decided “what the hell” and did in fact watch it for the fifth time last night.
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#14
Posted: 2/15/21 at 11:48am

I know this is all just in good fun, but this thread does have me seriously thinking about it:

The problem with a Barb & Star stage musical is that it's almost...too intuitive? I think that sometimes movies come out that just scream "musical theatre!" but then they lose their charm when they actually are adapted. The campy, theatrical elements of Barb & Star mostly work because they're on film - a medium that usually bends toward realism. That contrast allows the ridiculous comedy to land more easily (this is why, IMO, the Mamma Mia movie is worlds better than the stage show). If Barb & Star were transplanted to the stage as-is, it would probably just read like a run-of-the-mill, substance-less musical comedy - and the humor would almost certainly feel like a flat mockery of the film.

 In order to make it work, they'd have to dial-up the camp factor several notches, and you'd need the best comedic actors/creatives in the business to pull it off. I'm not saying it can't be done, but you'd have to be very careful about who you hire, and how they approach it. And they would really have to make it their own. 

IMO, Shaiman and Whitman are not up to the task at all. They're way too bland. They would just write a bunch of basic, upbeat songs that have a lot of energy, but no character. I'd love to see Rachel Bloom do it - she can even write the book too. As for the director, I would go with Margot Bordelon - she has yet to work on Broadway, but she's very well-established Off-Broadway. And this kind of project is right up her alley: she's incredibly skilled at capturing very specific, slightly weird, silly-but-smart comedic tones.

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#15
Posted: 2/15/21 at 6:49pm

Someone in a Tree2, this thread is my proudest moment in 18 years here (on and off/give or take!).

 

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#16
Posted: 2/16/21 at 9:26am
I’d love to see Leslie Kritzer as Star. I also think that Rachel Bloom should do book/lyrics.
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#17
Posted: 2/16/21 at 10:18am
Michael Mayer is the only director I can see really leaning into the camp aspect, building a spectacle, but maintaining the heart of the story too.
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#18
Posted: 2/16/21 at 12:45pm

Vulture asked Jamie Dornan about the singing he has done, including in our new fave, "Barb and Star," and if he's considered doing a musical.

Jamie Dornan: I was meant to do a musical this year, and some things happened and I had to pull out of it. I always say that I can sing as much as any other douchey actor guy. We can all sing a bit.

Can we all sing a bit?

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#19
Posted: 2/16/21 at 2:58pm

Is there a better opening to a movie than a chubby baby gay lip syncing Guilty while making coin on his paper route?

NO. NO THERE ISN'T AND DON'T BRING UP ALL THAT JAZZ JUST SHUT RIGHT UP RIGHT NOW.

The husband and I watched this last night and I kept shrieking 'THIS IS SO STUPID' while gasping for air through my guffaws. Not only did this pick up our moods, it made us long for vacation (Disney in June God willing).

Oh...and I'm offer only for the Michael Hitchcock track.

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#20
Posted: 2/16/21 at 10:28pm

I can't imagine Barb & Star without you.

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#21
Posted: 2/16/21 at 11:51pm
Am I watching it for the 7th time right now?

Yes. Yes, I am.
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#22
Posted: 2/19/21 at 12:41am

Have you thought up any cue lines like at Rocky Horror?

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#23
Posted: 2/19/21 at 12:57am
Oh man it’s funny you asked that! I was having that conversation with a friend today, how this is the first movie in years that I can see being an actual cult classic where people shout out to the screen.

I need to know if Wiig and Mumolo knew exactly what they were writing when they wrote this.
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#24
Posted: 2/19/21 at 9:32am
Ann Harada as Yo-yo.
"...everyone finally shut up, and the audience could enjoy the beginning of the Anatevka Pogram in peace."