Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Conan the Barbarian: The Musical

Several people sent me links to this today, so I thought I'd share it. I have to admit I found it quite hilarious.

11 comments:

  1. The scary part about this is that it actually sorta works....

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  2. The humor is where? There are no funny lines, just a poor Ah-Nuld impression doing lines from the film. Does it help to hate the film? An ounce of clever wit would have gone a lot farther here than what was done with it. I give it a C -.

    Them calling Thulsa a wizard is also very wrong. We all know he's a fighter/MU!

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  3. Good stuff!

    "The humor is where?"

    It's a musical. About Conan.

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  4. Akrasia: oh! hahahahahahahahahaha!

    With both a Spider-Man and Batman musical in the works for Broadway, you are gonna have to do better than just relying on the concept of Conan as a musical for laughs, unless you laugh at weather reports. Mad TV's worst bomb skits are usualy funnier than this IMHO.

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  5. Genius! I predict a sweep at the Tonys!

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  6. With both a Spider-Man and Batman musical in the works for Broadway, you are gonna have to do better than just relying on the concept of Conan as a musical for laughs, unless you laugh at weather reports.

    Come now, Brunomac: surely the juxtaposition of Conan the Barbarian to a Broadway musical context is funny enough in itself? It's like that musical Planet of the Apes The Simpsons did.

    That said, I think CtB lends itself well to a musical. It has the sort of archetypal plot you'd expect, opportunities for solo and ensemble performances, it's very theatrical. Just adapt Poledouris' themes into showstopping musical numbers.

    That said, I think Domine did a much better job doing a Conan musical.

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  7. Taran: Yeah, but the Planet of the Apes musical was FUNNY. C'mon, "I hate every ape I see from Chimpan-A to Chimpan-Z..."

    One funny line. It's all I ask!

    but you are damn right, I think a Conan musical would be awesome. If you can do a serious musical based on Man of La Mancha, you could do a good one on Conan (and not stricly for laughs...lots of Wagnerian vibe would be great.

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  8. Hey, you were linked from National Review Online! Cool!

    I suspect several of their writers get Gygaxian now and again.

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  9. True enough, Brunomac. That's one of my top ten musical moments in The Simpsons. "Doctor Zaius, Doctor Zaius!"

    I think CtB would work wonderfully as a Les Miz-style "opera." There isn't a single dud in Poledouris' score: each track could be expanded to a whole showstopping number, especially using the Varese Sarabande edition.

    That's probably my only problem with this video: they didn't use the score. You'd think of all the Arnold movies you'd keep the score of for the musical...

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  10. I'm waiting for Bubba Hotep the musical. With such hits as:
    "Things are free....if you steal them."
    "I'm sore because my pecker has one."
    "The big bad bug in my bed pan blues"
    "Don't cry for me Kimosabe."

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  11. It's over now, but there was a stupendously funny "hop hopera" called Barbarian! performed in NYC in May:

    http://figmenttheatre.com/?p=207

    disclaimer: I had several minor roles.

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