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Could My Own Private Idaho be adapted into a musical?

I just rewatched My Own Private Idaho. There’s just somethiing so… theatrical about it, partly because it’s an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry the IV.

That scene with the male prostitutes on the magazine covers could easily be a musical number.

If there was ever a male Eponine, it would be River Phoenix’s character Mike Waters. But there’s also something about Mike who is like an Oliver Twist missing his mom and his friend Scott being kind of like an Artful Dodger.

The character of Bob could be like a Fagin or a Thenardier.

The movie ended sadly. I hope Mike had his brother/father to go home to.

by Anonymousreply 44June 23, 2022 2:07 AM

Hasn't there been enough shit on Broadway?

by Anonymousreply 1June 21, 2022 11:45 AM

NO. I can't imagine that story with any other actors. Leave it alone.

by Anonymousreply 2June 21, 2022 11:46 AM

It's amazing OP wants to make that movie even gayer by turning it into a Broadway musical!

by Anonymousreply 3June 21, 2022 11:49 AM

Looking forward to the big tap number (or is it nap?) about narcolepsy.

by Anonymousreply 4June 21, 2022 12:55 PM

no OP, fuck that shit. Trust you to want to commodify a story about teen poverty and prostitution.

by Anonymousreply 5June 21, 2022 12:58 PM

Oh, Jesus. Please don't give the Bway producers any ideas....

by Anonymousreply 6June 21, 2022 1:02 PM

"My Own Private Idaho" is to "Henry IV" as "Dawson's 50 Load Weekend" is to "Romeo and Juliet."

by Anonymousreply 7June 21, 2022 1:08 PM

If you can’t improve on it don’t musicalize it.

by Anonymousreply 8June 21, 2022 2:56 PM

r8, if that held true, there wouldn't be a "West Side Story."

by Anonymousreply 9June 21, 2022 4:17 PM

Not if it's musicalized in the same way we are seeing everywhere.

Given that this is a dark story, the composer should be someone with a lot of gravitas that isn't going to turn this into another Dear Evan Hansen.

by Anonymousreply 10June 21, 2022 5:55 PM

R10, I was thinking something like Les Mis or Chess.

by Anonymousreply 11June 22, 2022 1:39 AM

I could see all the boywhores singing Hard Knock Life.

by Anonymousreply 12June 22, 2022 1:46 AM

Or Lovely Ladies, R12

by Anonymousreply 13June 22, 2022 4:12 AM

It could use a dream ballet.

by Anonymousreply 14June 22, 2022 4:14 AM

I would only watch if Lizzo has a flute solo.

by Anonymousreply 15June 22, 2022 5:08 AM

Les Mis is too grandiose to be a good model.

It's too bad that there aren't enough good musicals and composers to be able to fantasize about turning a story this dark into a musical.

by Anonymousreply 16June 22, 2022 6:51 AM

Something for addicts.

Something for sad dicks.

Something for johns and tricks.

Some heroin tonight!

by Anonymousreply 17June 22, 2022 7:04 AM

R16, what about Miss Saigon? Not as grandiose, but still just as poignant?

by Anonymousreply 18June 22, 2022 7:09 AM

LOL, R17!

by Anonymousreply 19June 22, 2022 7:10 AM

But imagine the fabulous number with Hans and the lamp shade!!

by Anonymousreply 20June 22, 2022 7:19 AM

R16 I would think the team behind Fun Home would be a better model of possibilities.

by Anonymousreply 21June 22, 2022 8:41 AM

Aaron Tveit in the River Phoenix role???

by Anonymousreply 22June 22, 2022 12:07 PM

Musicals are do the light of mind

by Anonymousreply 23June 22, 2022 12:33 PM

I'd rather see " Cats." Again and again.

by Anonymousreply 24June 22, 2022 12:59 PM

The problem with most musicals is the tendency for the composition and the singing to be sounding "brassy" like how they feel Classic Broadway always was.

I wish this would stop. Sondheim had the right idea, but he was one bright light in a sea of brassy tacky children.

by Anonymousreply 25June 22, 2022 4:18 PM

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Take another prick pic for all to seeeee!" - the Porn Orphan Ensemble

by Anonymousreply 26June 22, 2022 4:22 PM

If they make Idaho into a musical, I am done with all of you. Gay culture has turned into garbage.

by Anonymousreply 27June 22, 2022 4:23 PM

I think Udo Kier's little number in the original film should stay intact, though. The one where he sings into the lamp about whatever he was on about (something about Tokyo! Moscow!). One of the best moments in the film.

I think a musical that had a fair amount of this creepy vibe throughout might be a good idea.

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by Anonymousreply 28June 22, 2022 5:06 PM

Considering the subject matter, I think it would work better as an opera.

by Anonymousreply 29June 22, 2022 5:21 PM

It seems like the sort of think that Matthew Bourne could do if he wanted to stretch himself beyond pure dance theater.

by Anonymousreply 30June 22, 2022 6:15 PM

Brokeback might work better, with a twangy score & Ben Platt singing "I Wish I Knew How to Quit You!"

by Anonymousreply 31June 22, 2022 6:21 PM

Maybe if Wagner were still alive... (opera)

by Anonymousreply 32June 22, 2022 6:23 PM

There already is a Brokeback opera

by Anonymousreply 33June 22, 2022 6:25 PM

Any story can be musicalized. Some stories are just much harder than others to do well.

In the hands of a master, Idaho could be chillingly brilliant. Give it to a hack to write, however, and you get what you deserve.

by Anonymousreply 34June 22, 2022 7:17 PM

R34, I am not sure if I should have you define “musicalized” or “just much harder” (as in “near impossible” perhaps?)

I used to know John Kander in the 1980s. One time he went on a riff about shows that could be made into musicals and those that could not. He gave The Miracle Worker as an example of a show that might work as an opera, or even a ballet, but not a musical. He proved his point decades later with The Visit. The German musical version of The Visit doesn’t solve the problem either. Gottfried von Einem’s opera doesn’t really work, in my opinion, even though Dürrenmatt is the librettist.

Also, since you said, “any story”, biographic musicals are a real problem. Funny Girl, Mack and Mable, Roadshow, and The Scottsboro Boys all fail because real life may be dramatic, but it doesn’t have a dramatic arc.

by Anonymousreply 35June 22, 2022 7:55 PM

I hope not, OP. I've hated that "film-to-Broadway musical" trend since it really took off more than a decade ago.

by Anonymousreply 36June 22, 2022 8:16 PM

Then you must loathe "The King and I"

by Anonymousreply 37June 22, 2022 8:21 PM

The end result would resemble "Be More Chill."

by Anonymousreply 38June 22, 2022 8:23 PM

It would be a huge hit--specially since I know just the guy to play the Keanu Reeves part! He's hunky and sensitive, and he's even gay!

by Anonymousreply 39June 22, 2022 8:27 PM

"Clean, Little Dutch Boy!" would be a show-stopper.

by Anonymousreply 40June 22, 2022 8:32 PM

[quote] "Then you must loathe "The King and I"

Why, R37? It was a show that became a film. Multiple films, actually. It didn't start as a film which transferred to the stage, which was the trend I referenced.

And for the record, it isn't my favorite, but I don't mind "The King & I".

by Anonymousreply 41June 22, 2022 9:12 PM

R41, before it was a Broadway show, it was a movie called Anna and the King of Siam.

by Anonymousreply 42June 23, 2022 1:40 AM

It even with half price tickets…

by Anonymousreply 43June 23, 2022 1:46 AM

I get Viktor’s haircut, but what was the symbolism of Alison cutting her hair?

by Anonymousreply 44June 23, 2022 2:07 AM
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