It's no secret that I'm a big fan of musicals. Jacob knows this, still loves me, and even comes with me to see one or two a year. Last year he chose Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It's based on the 1994 Australian movie, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which follows two drag queens and a transsexual on their bus journey through the desert on their way to a gig. It's stars are Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, V For Vendetta, Cloud Atlas), Guy Pearce (Memento, Iron Man 3, Prometheus), and Terrance Stamp (Wanted, Star Wars: Episode 1, Yes Man). But it's much deeper than that description. If you've never see it, check it out. It was nominated for a ton of Oscars and Golden Globes and won some film festival awards. It also has a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it's not just me that loves it.
The musical was amazing! It was big, bright, sparkly, funny, loud, and heartfelt. Everything you'd expect from a show about drag queens. And unfortunately, I was a little surprised by how much I loved it because the last few musicals based on movies I've seen were terrible. I saw Flashdance last year and left at intermission. I also saw Sister Act a few months ago and didn't leave, but I didn't enjoy it at all.
Musicals based on movies are so hit and miss. You have the awesome ones: Billy Elliot, The Lion King, Hairspray, Newsies, Kinky Boots, Xanadu, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and White Christmas. Then you have the duds: Shrek, Spider-Man, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Carrie, and like I said above, Flashdance and Sister Act. But Broadway is still taking a gamble on movie adaptations. Take a look at what's in development:
Alice in Wonderland
Back to the Future
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Father of the Bride
The Devil Wears Prada
The Jungle Book
The Little Mermaid
The Nutty Professor
And these are the musicals that are definitely happening:
The Bridges of Madison County (February)
Bullets Over Broadway (March)
Whoa. I'm sad that there aren't many original ideas on Broadway lately, but I'm also hopeful that some of my favorite movies (Mean Girls and Clueless) will be adapted into awesome musicals like Priscilla was.