How do you even pick a show? Broadway offers dozens and dozens of shows, some new, some revamped classics, some starring Hollywood actors, and of course, musicals based on movies. That's right. Hollywood, with all their reboots, remakes and re-whatevers have become a staple of Broadway. This is not a recent development, as this has been happening for several years. Decades even. Not all the time mind you, but enough to raise some eyebrows. In the last ten years, however, there have been several musicals, based on well-known movies that have been produced for the masses. Some better than others, but whether good or bad, it seems the main function of these shows is to bring in the new audiences. On the outside, it seems like a great business plan. Produce shows that are based on familiar movies and bring in the people and new generations of fans. But is that really what's happening? That raises another question.
|Turning off original ideas?|
Is this Broadway's version of writer's block? Creativity may not be dead, but its in desperate need of something else. These are shows that will bring in audiences, but what about original shows that are waiting for their Broadway premieres?
I guess my point in all of this is that I'm not sure where I stand on all this. Like I said. Torn. Part of me just boils up in anger and frustration because, how dare they? Whoever these producers and writers are, how dare they even try to capture the magic of its originator? Or, I just end up sighing and rolling my eyes. A lot of people I know feel the same way. I saw "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" last year, and despite its high-flying appeal, it was a terrible show, trying so hard to be something it wasn't. That's when I get angry. But again, on the flip side, I still try to convince myself that its a good idea, and Broadway is just biding their time, making money to hopefully produce a slew of new shows, giving young artists and writers a chance to share their projects and passions. I do love a handful of musicals based on movies, but I get frustrated when you hear how bad they were. Can we predict the outcome of how bad they really are? Maybe this will just be a moment in Broadway and theatre history where movie musicals will just be a way of life. Maybe in another few years, we will start seeing some originality. That is, if new artists are even given the chance.
Final thoughts? I have no idea. Either way, I just don't want to see a musical based on "Ghost Rider."
What do you think?