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Has this been done before??

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Has this been done before??#0
Posted: 11/12/03 at 1:42am
I was making a mix-CD for a friend tonight and I was wondering if ever before someone created a musical in the same fashion?
Meaning... they had a solid book/story and took various existing songs (be they musical theatre/pop/rock/etc) to supplement the story. And I'm not speaking of something like Mamma Mia, whose source is all ABBA, but rather just different and random songs.
If so, I surely can't think of a show like this. Granted, getting all those rights and then should it be good enough to be nominated for awards, that'd be a lot of nominees, but......
Just wondering.
Thanks!
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re: Has this been done before??#1
Posted: 11/12/03 at 2:20am
Play On! A musical using jazz standards to re-tell Twelfth Night.
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re: Has this been done before??#2
Posted: 11/12/03 at 4:13am
There have been shows like this - such as 125th Street, Forbidden Planet, etc. - as well as those using a collection of songs by well known songwriters (We Will Rock You - Queen, Tonight's the Night - Rod Stewart).

But the entire concept of shows with no original score is anathema to me. In musical theatre the lyrics of a song should be an extension of the dialogue, advancing the plot, revealing aspects of character, etc. and written to fit a particular moment in a play. Using existing songs cannot do this. A musical should be a work of art that blends song with drama/comedy - not purely a vehicle for producers to generate revenue by using "hit" songs that have no place in musical theatre.
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re: re: Has this been done before??#3
Posted: 11/12/03 at 7:15am
BIG DEAL used misc. pop songs from the 1930s.
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re: re: re: Has this been done before??#4
Posted: 11/12/03 at 7:51am
Moulin Rouge...for the screen anyway.
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re: re: re: re: Has this been done before??#5
Posted: 11/12/03 at 10:21am
the Bob Fosse musical BIG DEAL used classic American songs. For that matter, his musical DANCIN used non original songs as well.
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