This Doesn't Sound Good

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This Doesn't Sound Good#1
Posted: 7/11/08 at 11:58am
The idea of this is to write a description of a musical we know to be successful that makes it sond like it would be really bad.

For example, we're going to take Romeo and Juliet, update it to New York in the 1950s, change the families to gangs, and add a musical score.

Or a musical about the life of a stripper.

Terrible ideas as described, but we know that they're both classics.

Make them sound like they'd never work.
Updated On: 7/17/08 at 11:58 AM
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#2
Posted: 7/11/08 at 12:07pm
Hasn't this been done a few times?
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#2
Posted: 7/11/08 at 12:07pm
A story about a barber that returns for revenge and his loopy, sex-starved accomplice. There will be simulated throat-slittings in the musical and cannabilism is also represented.
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Updated On: 7/11/08 at 12:07 PM
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#3
Posted: 7/11/08 at 12:09pm
How about a musical about a guy who starts threads on a theater board over and over- "What shows have shows within a show?" "What shows have bad premises?"
No good can possibly come from using this vast wasteland of error and deliberate deceit. You should get off of it and warn others away. You should make sure your children and grandchildren know what a corrupt and morally bankrupt institution it truly is.
Updated On: 7/11/08 at 12:09 PM
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#4
Posted: 7/11/08 at 12:11pm
THREADSTARTER! The musical.
Cheyenne Jackson tickled me. AFTER ordering SoMMS a drink but NOT tickling him, and hanging out with Girly in his dressing room (where he DIDN'T tickle her) but BEFORE we got married. To others. And then he tweeted Boobs. He also tweeted he's good friends with some chick on "The Voice" who just happens to be good friends with Tink's ex. And I'm still married. Oh, and this just in: "Pettiness, spite, malice ....Such ugly emotions... So sad." - After Eight, talking about MEEEEEEEE!!! I'm so honored! :-)
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#5
Posted: 7/11/08 at 12:20pm
LOL!!!
KFTC!!!!!
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#6
Posted: 7/11/08 at 12:23pm
Who would pay to be annoyed though?
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#7
Posted: 7/11/08 at 12:24pm
Have you seen the box-office receipts for WICKED, Taz? re: This Doesn't Sound Good
Cheyenne Jackson tickled me. AFTER ordering SoMMS a drink but NOT tickling him, and hanging out with Girly in his dressing room (where he DIDN'T tickle her) but BEFORE we got married. To others. And then he tweeted Boobs. He also tweeted he's good friends with some chick on "The Voice" who just happens to be good friends with Tink's ex. And I'm still married. Oh, and this just in: "Pettiness, spite, malice ....Such ugly emotions... So sad." - After Eight, talking about MEEEEEEEE!!! I'm so honored! :-)
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#8
Posted: 7/11/08 at 1:06pm
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#9
Posted: 7/11/08 at 1:22pm
I don't remember who described 'Evita' as "country bumpkin sleeps her way to the top, dies", but it still makes me happy. :)
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#10
Posted: 7/11/08 at 1:37pm
I love that movie musical about the juvenile delinquent who travels to another world and kills the first person she meets. Then, accompanied by a giant feral cat and an axe-wielding cyborg she sets off to kill again.
No good can possibly come from using this vast wasteland of error and deliberate deceit. You should get off of it and warn others away. You should make sure your children and grandchildren know what a corrupt and morally bankrupt institution it truly is.
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#11
Posted: 7/11/08 at 1:40pm
You forgot the mentally handicapped fire hazard that travels with them.
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#12
Posted: 7/11/08 at 1:43pm
That was about actual bad ideas that worked. This is finding descriptions that make them SOUND LIKE bad ideas whether they were or not.
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#13
Posted: 7/11/08 at 1:43pm
That was about actual bad ideas that worked. This is finding descriptions that make them SOUND LIKE bad ideas whether they were or not.
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#14
Posted: 7/11/08 at 2:35pm
A couple of guys try to put on a really bad musical.

Updated On: 11/24/12 at 02:35 PM
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#15
Posted: 7/11/08 at 3:16pm
"That was about actual bad ideas that worked. This is finding descriptions that make them SOUND LIKE bad ideas whether they were or not."


Timmer, now you've lost me. Care to explain the difference between the examples listed that were bad ideas that worked and your request for things that "sound" like bad ideas that worked or didn't? Are you suggesting that the bad ideas that worked listed don't "sound" like bad ideas? Or are you saying that those examples really were bad ideas that worked and you want ones that were good ideas that only sound like bad ideas? How do you distinguish between bad ideas that worked and ideas that sounded bad that worked? You are one complex guy!
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#16
Posted: 7/11/08 at 3:40pm
Now my head is spinning!
KFTC!!!!!
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#17
Posted: 7/11/08 at 3:50pm
That thread was about what were considered bad ideas that worked.

This one is simply to take shows we know worked (such as the ones I described) and essentially anti-market them (in a humorous way, perhaps.) That took what seemed like bad ideas that turned out to be pretty good ones. This is to take ones we know ere successful and describe them in the way that makes them sound bad.

For example, my previous descriptions:

We're going to take Romeo and Juliet, update it to New York in the 1950s, change the families to gangs, and add a musical score.

Or a musical about the life of a stripper.

A couple of guys try to put on a really bad musical.

And so forth.

Gothampc got it wih "A story about a barber that returns for revenge and his loopy, sex-starved accomplice. There will be simulated throat-slittings in the musical and cannabilism is also represented." (We know what show that is and it's a very successful, classic musical, but it sounds really dumb the way that Gothampc described it. That's the spirit, Gothampc!)

A bunch of people audition for a show.

A 35-year-old bachelor celebrates his birthday with his 10 closest friends.

That sort of description.

It's for fun.


Updated On: 11/24/12 at 03:50 PM
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#18
Posted: 7/11/08 at 8:02pm
Cats gather in a dirty alley, tell their stories and the most miserable one goes to heaven !

BAD idea, worse execution, yet it worked almost FOREVER ! re: This Doesn't Sound Good
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#19
Posted: 7/11/08 at 8:49pm
The lynching of Leo Frank
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#20
Posted: 7/12/08 at 9:41pm
Not necessarily a bad idea, Greekmusicalfan. In fact, I'm something of an Eliot freak, so it worked for me very well. But the way you describe it makes it sound really bad.

Which is the point of this thread.

Even as much of a T.S. Eliot fan as I am, I know that not everything of his would work, however. You just gave me an idea for the "Worst Musical Ideas" thread.
Updated On: 7/13/08 at 09:41 PM
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#21
Posted: 7/13/08 at 5:37pm
A musical about the Declaration of Independence.
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#22
Posted: 7/13/08 at 9:23pm
A story about teen angst in late 1800s Germany... Let's give it a modern-day rock music score to complement the storyline about sex, rape, and suicide.
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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#23
Posted: 7/13/08 at 9:28pm
lol love this thread

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re: This Doesn't Sound Good#24
Posted: 7/13/08 at 9:46pm
With regard to the premise of this thread, I have one thought... Darwin was wrong.

Carry on.