Curtain Up for Jacko’s Thriller
It’s well past midnight, but Michael Jackson’s Thriller is still prowling the news. Broadway’s Nederlander Organization announced plans Jan. 26 to develop a stage musical featuring songs from both Thriller and Off the Wall. (The new show prompted director John Landis on Jan. 28 to sue for post-2005 profits from his 1983 video and the making-of doc; Jackson’s rep had no comment.) All of which got us thinking…what other pop-music landmarks belong on the Great White Way?
Please Bring These to Broadway, Too
Bat Out of Hell
Meat Loaf’s soaring 1977 melodrama was always too big for a mere disc. What a showstopper ”Paradise by the Dashboard Light” could be!
Trapped in the Closet
R. Kelly plays Greek chorus to a cast of cops, preachers, thugs, and little people?all sleeping with each other. Wait, isn’t that a Verdi plot?
I Am…Sasha Fierce
Imagine a one-woman, two-personality show starring Beyoncé as both a balladeer and her bad-ass, club-jamming alter ego. Dance-offs ensue