Monday, October 8, 2007

Scary... and scarier.

I read two articles today, both about Broadway and Hollywood.

First of all, watch the preview below for the new film version of the Broadway musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." I saw the Broadway revival of the musical last year. LOVED it. Brilliant reinterpretation of the show. (See a clip from the Tonys here.) Anyway, I couldn't be happier to find out they're making a movie starring Johnny Depp. Say what you want about this guy, but he's the best when it comes to playing creepy. (Edward Scissorhands and Secret Window immediately come to mind.) I'm not crazy about Tim Burton, but I'm definitely giving this one a shot. I recommend you do too:



On a scarier note, guess what's coming to Broadway? Yes, yet another Disney musical. This time starring a certain red-headed mermaid. Saw this coming a mile away.

I'm not trying to hate on The Little Mermaid here. I love the movie. But Beauty and the Beast on Broadway was awful. The Lion King worked, because of the way the show is structured. (In fact, it's BRILLIANT. If you haven't seen it, it's a life must.) But Beauty and the Beast was set up the way Little Mermaid will be - a high-budget, brightly colored rip-off of the movie, with huge puffy costumes, ugly wigs, and mediocre talent. Also, there are only 3 songs from the movie that will be in the show, with 10 originals composed for Broadway. Kill me now.

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