Talk about reviving the corpse of Broadway...
In times like these, is optioning Michael Jackson's Thriller as a mega-musical a case of go-for-broke genius, or just plain desperation?
Hard to say which of these press releases is more ridiculous.
Producer James L. Nederlander says he has acquired the rights for a stage version of Mr. Jackson's iconic music-video spoof of horror films. The show will include songs from two of the pop king's best-selling albums, Thriller and Off the Wall.
"The Nederlanders and Michael Jackson represent live theater and musical excellence, so let the music begin,'' a spokesman for Mr. Jackson said Monday, in a statement.
"I love the idea of making Thriller a musical. Girl meets boy, they fall in love, boy has big secret, now what?'' said Mr. Nederlander, head of the company that owns nine Broadway theaters.
Have Broadway producers finally found someone of even lower moral authority to do business with?
Would this be the first Broadway musical based solely on a video? Doesn't seem like a good strategy, when the original's available for free...