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 Anonymous||reply 44||June 23, 2022 2:07 AM
Hasn't there been enough shit on Broadway?
|by Anonymous||reply 1||June 21, 2022 11:45 AM
NO. I can't imagine that story with any other actors. Leave it alone.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||June 21, 2022 11:46 AM
It's amazing OP wants to make that movie even gayer by turning it into a Broadway musical!
|by Anonymous||reply 3||June 21, 2022 11:49 AM
Looking forward to the big tap number (or is it nap?) about narcolepsy.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||June 21, 2022 12:55 PM
no OP, fuck that shit. Trust you to want to commodify a story about teen poverty and prostitution.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||June 21, 2022 12:58 PM
Oh, Jesus. Please don't give the Bway producers any ideas....
|by Anonymous||reply 6||June 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 Anonymous||reply 7||June 21, 2022 1:08 PM
If you can’t improve on it don’t musicalize it.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||June 21, 2022 2:56 PM
r8, if that held true, there wouldn't be a "West Side Story."
|by Anonymous||reply 9||June 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 Anonymous||reply 10||June 21, 2022 5:55 PM
R10, I was thinking something like Les Mis or Chess.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||June 22, 2022 1:39 AM
I could see all the boywhores singing Hard Knock Life.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||June 22, 2022 1:46 AM
It could use a dream ballet.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||June 22, 2022 4:14 AM
I would only watch if Lizzo has a flute solo.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||June 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 Anonymous||reply 16||June 22, 2022 6:51 AM
Something for addicts.
Something for sad dicks.
Something for johns and tricks.
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|by Anonymous||reply 17||June 22, 2022 7:04 AM
R16, what about Miss Saigon? Not as grandiose, but still just as poignant?
|by Anonymous||reply 18||June 22, 2022 7:09 AM
But imagine the fabulous number with Hans and the lamp shade!!
|by Anonymous||reply 20||June 22, 2022 7:19 AM
R16 I would think the team behind Fun Home would be a better model of possibilities.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||June 22, 2022 8:41 AM
Aaron Tveit in the River Phoenix role???
|by Anonymous||reply 22||June 22, 2022 12:07 PM
Musicals are do the light of mind
|by Anonymous||reply 23||June 22, 2022 12:33 PM
I'd rather see " Cats." Again and again.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||June 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 Anonymous||reply 25||June 22, 2022 4:18 PM
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|by Anonymous||reply 26||June 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 Anonymous||reply 27||June 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.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||June 22, 2022 5:06 PM
Considering the subject matter, I think it would work better as an opera.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||June 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 Anonymous||reply 30||June 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 Anonymous||reply 31||June 22, 2022 6:21 PM
Maybe if Wagner were still alive... (opera)
|by Anonymous||reply 32||June 22, 2022 6:23 PM
There already is a Brokeback opera
|by Anonymous||reply 33||June 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 Anonymous||reply 34||June 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 Anonymous||reply 35||June 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 Anonymous||reply 36||June 22, 2022 8:16 PM
Then you must loathe "The King and I"
|by Anonymous||reply 37||June 22, 2022 8:21 PM
The end result would resemble "Be More Chill."
|by Anonymous||reply 38||June 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 Anonymous||reply 39||June 22, 2022 8:27 PM
"Clean, Little Dutch Boy!" would be a show-stopper.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||June 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 Anonymous||reply 41||June 22, 2022 9:12 PM
R41, before it was a Broadway show, it was a movie called Anna and the King of Siam.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||June 23, 2022 1:40 AM
It even with half price tickets…
|by Anonymous||reply 43||June 23, 2022 1:46 AM
I get Viktor’s haircut, but what was the symbolism of Alison cutting her hair?
|by Anonymous||reply 44||June 23, 2022 2:07 AM