Singing Makes Anything… Better?
August 12, 2013 § 2 Comments
Sometimes I wonder what people are thinking.
For example: What goes through someone’s mind when they decide a book should be made into a musical? How do they jump from, “This is a neat story,” to “This story would be more awesome if it was all SINGING.”
Take this one, for instance… Do you remember American Psycho? It’s the book about the slick, materialistic, probably delusional, definitely sociopathic banker in 1980s New York who rationalizes and commits a string of grisly murders. (It was also a movie starring Christian Bale as the killer, Patrick Bateman. Later, Bale would go on to play Batman. Bateman. Batman. Bateman. Batman.) It does have a good bit of humor – very, very dark humor – but yeah, it’s mostly murder. And torture. And sexual violence. Sometimes all three at once. Sort of a murder-torture-sexual-violence jubilee.
It cracks me up to think that someone actually put that book down and thought, “Man, I sure am enjoying this. Social satire mixed with graphic brutality is totally my favorite. But hey, what if this murder-torture-sexual-violence spree took place in SONG? Maybe with some DANCING?”
So now it’s a musical.
Anyway. It seems like thinking outside the box is the key to coming up with a good musical idea; so I decided to help out the folks on Broadway and come up with a few adaptation suggestions myself. And that’s the idea behind my latest piece over at Barnes & Noble. If you’re in the mood to give it a click, I’d be ever so delighted. Thanks!
PS – Speaking of reading, if you need something to do now that summer’s winding down, check out 7 Fall Books We Can’t Wait To Read. I’m the nerd in the middle who recommends Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole And a Half, which is actually a humor/comic book, not a novel like all the rest, because I CAN’T FOLLOW RULES.