The Playgoer: “You’re the One That I Want"

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

“You’re the One That I Want"

The US version of casting-by-reality-who starts tomorrow night on NBC. Michael Riedel said yesterday that Kathleen Marshall will become the most famous stage director in America out of this. That's one way to think of it.

Meanwhile, NYT's Campbell Robertson gives us a glimpse of the future this may bring:

Executives involved with the television show said there were discussions about
what to do next, but no one was quick with a suggestion.

“I don’t know what the obvious one is,” Mr. Edgington said. “Maybe there’s a way of recasting ‘Grease’ every year.”

There is always “The Sound of Music,” which also has a movie going for it. In Britain Mr. Lloyd Webber is working on another television show that will cast the leads of a revival of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” (There is also going to be a show, from Simon Cowell’s production company, that will cast Danny and Sandy in a London production of “Grease.” David Ian will be a judge on that show as well.)

And why stop at musicals? "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Medea," anyone?


Anonymous said...

How about "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Antigone?"
Because Creon's been wondering for years.

Tom said...

Trouble with all this is, it's Grease. Talk about a silk purse.