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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Two Musicals You Don't Want to Miss!

Move over Spidey.  Here's two international shows that will give you a run for your money on the action-adventure geek set:

First, from Down Under:

A musical version of King Kong could be roaring onto a Broadway stage in a few years if its producers get their way. Officials at Global Creatures, the Australian company behind the hit arena show "Walking With Dinosaurs," are hoping their still-unfinished production of the classic ape story can find a theater on the Great White Way as early as 2013....The project, in development for the past two years, will be directed by Daniel Kramer and written by Tony nominee Craig Lucas[!!!] with new music by Grammy Award nominee Marius de Vries. It will feature a cast of more than 40 onstage actors, singers, dancers and puppeteers.

And next, from even farther beyond...
Die-hard "Star Trek" fans may want to dust off their Klingon dictionaries and take a transporter to Europe for the debut of the first opera ever to be completely sung in the invented science fiction language.  The opera, called "u," kicks off a three-day run at the Zeebelt Theater today in The Hague, Netherlands. The title "u" is the Klingon word for "universe" or "universal."
At least one has to admire their ambitious P.R.

In April, the show's producers sent a message out into the cosmos inviting the "real" Klingon community to attend the upcoming performances.The invitation was sent by a radio telescope to the Klingon home star, Arcturus. 
Match that, Boneau Bryan Brown!


Anonymous said...

OK. We will be having open auditions for King Kong and I hope anyone with a Klingon passport will come and try for a part. However they should know that they will be expected to perform on all Klingon holidays including QI'lop. It also goes without saying that no disrupters or bat'leths will be allowed in the theatre at any time.

Adrian BB

Timothy Childs said...

Brilliant (and funny) PR for "u." Such tongue-in-cheek publicity certainly piques my interest in seeing the production..

- Timothy Childs