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03.31.2009by:

About five years ago, Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd) said something about the idea of doing a stage adaptation of GROUNDHOG DAY. Turns out now, that might actually be possible. Harold Ramis said:

"Danny Rubin, who wrote the original script, has been working on a book for a musical... Stephen Sondheim was asked what film he would turn into a musical and he said ‘Groundhog Day... And I said, ‘Wow, that’s pretty cool.’ James Lapine, who directed a lot of Sondheim, actually contacted me and asked if I’d thought about a ‘Groundhog Day’ musical.”

I'm no fan of musicals but Harold Ramis is the man, so I'll, yeah, I'll run with this. What do you guys think? Yes or no? Down with musicals? Will Sayid ruin things for all of the Losties? Or will Sawyer come through?
Extra Tidbit: Ramis worked as a joke writer for Playboy magazine.
Source: MTV

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6:09PM on 03/31/2009
Sayid is really the only one I trust... so if he thinks it's a good idea, I'm down.
Sayid is really the only one I trust... so if he thinks it's a good idea, I'm down.
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4:58PM on 03/31/2009

HAHA

Sayid messed some shit up, but Sayid and Jack have got it covered.
Sayid messed some shit up, but Sayid and Jack have got it covered.
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4:57PM on 03/31/2009
WHY!!!!please just stop it stop it
WHY!!!!please just stop it stop it
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4:49PM on 03/31/2009
I;m not sure how you turn this into a musical. Repeat songs by Ned Ryerson consistently interrupted by Phil Conner? As a play it makes some sense, because less makeup and wardrobe changes, and a lot of potential. But the musical angle I'm just a little skeptical about.
I;m not sure how you turn this into a musical. Repeat songs by Ned Ryerson consistently interrupted by Phil Conner? As a play it makes some sense, because less makeup and wardrobe changes, and a lot of potential. But the musical angle I'm just a little skeptical about.
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4:03PM on 03/31/2009
I simultaneously love and hate the idea of movies being adapted into musicals for the stage. If it's done well, I'm all for it. The trick is for the music to capture the tone of the original movie. I think a good example of this is The Wedding Singer on Broadway. I thought the music to that was really good. The Producers was pretty popular, too. And of course, who could forget Little Shop of Horrors?

I live in Chicago and we have a musical based on The Addams Family coming in
I simultaneously love and hate the idea of movies being adapted into musicals for the stage. If it's done well, I'm all for it. The trick is for the music to capture the tone of the original movie. I think a good example of this is The Wedding Singer on Broadway. I thought the music to that was really good. The Producers was pretty popular, too. And of course, who could forget Little Shop of Horrors?

I live in Chicago and we have a musical based on The Addams Family coming in November. That should be interesting.
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3:04PM on 03/31/2009
Sondheim doing a Groundhog Day musical is the most hilarious/amazing thing I've heard all year.

Musicals going 'out' in the 50s transcends ignorance.
Sondheim doing a Groundhog Day musical is the most hilarious/amazing thing I've heard all year.

Musicals going 'out' in the 50s transcends ignorance.
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2:56PM on 03/31/2009
NED RYERSON!
NED RYERSON!
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2:49PM on 03/31/2009

No Offence taken

I didn't see HSM3 but can assume it sucked. I wasn't a fan of Chicago, but Moulin Rouge I actually liked when I gave it a chance (on the first viewing I turned it off like 10 minutes in). But the music isn't really musical music, its just pop songs written into the story.

But yeah, I want an Avenue Q movie musical by Spike Jonze.

Oh, and throwing another GREAT movie "musical" out there (soon to be adapted to Broadway, but this one actually makes sense): "Once" - Amazing movie.
I didn't see HSM3 but can assume it sucked. I wasn't a fan of Chicago, but Moulin Rouge I actually liked when I gave it a chance (on the first viewing I turned it off like 10 minutes in). But the music isn't really musical music, its just pop songs written into the story.

But yeah, I want an Avenue Q movie musical by Spike Jonze.

Oh, and throwing another GREAT movie "musical" out there (soon to be adapted to Broadway, but this one actually makes sense): "Once" - Amazing movie.
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2:40PM on 03/31/2009

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You guys are right. I totally forgot West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Mamma mia. It's just that I'ma big fan of Gene Kelly, Fred AStaire and so on. So when I hear musicals, that's my reference

but hey, HSM3 , chicago and moulin rouge sucked



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You guys are right. I totally forgot West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Mamma mia. It's just that I'ma big fan of Gene Kelly, Fred AStaire and so on. So when I hear musicals, that's my reference

but hey, HSM3 , chicago and moulin rouge sucked



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2:30PM on 03/31/2009

Musicals are Back!

MrOperator, musicals may have went out in the 50s, but they are most assuredly back. I should preface this by saying I'm not a huge musical fan, but there ARE a few I've seen that I've really enjoyed (Avenue Q is one of the best things I've ever witnessed).

In film, musicals have been on the rise for AT LEAST the last 2 years, but I think the real re-emergence probably started when "Moulin Rouge" came out. Maybe you can even push it back a little later with "Chicago".

With "Mama Mia!"
MrOperator, musicals may have went out in the 50s, but they are most assuredly back. I should preface this by saying I'm not a huge musical fan, but there ARE a few I've seen that I've really enjoyed (Avenue Q is one of the best things I've ever witnessed).

In film, musicals have been on the rise for AT LEAST the last 2 years, but I think the real re-emergence probably started when "Moulin Rouge" came out. Maybe you can even push it back a little later with "Chicago".

With "Mama Mia!" making 602 mil worldwide (WOW! I knew it was high but didn't know it was that high until I just looked it up myself) and High School Musical 3 raking in just over 250 mil worldwide (and on a production budget of only 11 mil?!?!), the movie musical is most certainly back.

Which means there will more than likely be a resurgence of Broadway. They're definitely trying to appeal to a wider audience now with stuff like Shrek the Musical and Spider-Man The Musical.

I don't think it is very good for Broadway, as they are loosing a lot of their originality (one of the things I loved so much about Avenue Q). But, if they are making something into a musical, I'd rather watch Groundhog Day The Musical as opposed to Twilight The Musical (which I'm sure someone is already working on).


Sorry. That got a bit long.
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2:26PM on 03/31/2009
Musicals went out in the 50s? Don't tell that to Chicago, Mamma Mia, Sweeney Todd, and the upcoming Nine. Not to mention West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Sound of Music, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory which were in the 60s and later.

I think Groundhog Day would make a great musical. It's a great movie, with a great concept and story.
Musicals went out in the 50s? Don't tell that to Chicago, Mamma Mia, Sweeney Todd, and the upcoming Nine. Not to mention West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Sound of Music, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory which were in the 60s and later.

I think Groundhog Day would make a great musical. It's a great movie, with a great concept and story.
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2:12PM on 03/31/2009

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Groundhog day was a good flick, but musicals went out in the 50's man
Groundhog day was a good flick, but musicals went out in the 50's man
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