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Maksutov
2007-Mar-31, 01:22 PM
Having just again enjoyed the musical version of The Producers, I started wondering if there's an untapped resource out there, namely the SCIENCE FICTION MUSICAL.

I know The Rocky Horror Picture Show seemed to draw from this quasi-virgin well, but then, it appears, it went dry. Perhaps Mel Brooks is working on the musical version of Spaceballs.

But, it's long overdue that this famous form's full potential was realized, and in the tradition of "creative", overpaid, cretin Hollywood suits, it should be some kind of remake!

Here I propose the musical version of the space opera Star Wars (for the kids, that's how we knew it, no "Episode IV" crap):

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Overture (John Williams steals from Holst, Mahler, and anybody else).

Act 1 Scene 1: Darth Vader: I Will Crush Your Neck Vertebrae (Adagio compacto)
Act 1 Scene 2: C3P0: Oh dear, OH DEAR! (Allegro faggato)
Act 1 Scene 3: Jawas: !@#%^#$@$ (Andante incomprehenso)
Act 1 Scene 4: Luke: This Planet Sucks (Largo morante)
Act 1 Scene 5: Obi-Wan: Damn Kid (Adagio lamente)

Act 2 Scene 1: Obi-Wan: Droid-wise, dese aren't (Allegro rappando)
Act 2 Scene 2: Chewie: !@#&*&#$%@# (Presto Kashyyyka)
Act 2 Scene 3: Greedo: Hey, you shot first the first time! No seconds! [dies] (Mordo larghetto)
Act 2 Scene 4: Obi-Wan: That's no Moon (Mordanto buttocko)

Act 3 Scene 1: Grand Moff: Gotcha, Vader! (Allegro noosiago)
Act 3 Scene 2: Han Solo: Dinero, Dinero! (Pesante pecunio)
Act 3 Scene 3: Luke: Dat Darn Ol' Vader, Dat Darn Ol' Vader (Largo schwarzioso)

Act 4 Scene 1: Rebel Leader: How Many Womp Rats Does It Take For A Womp Rat To Womp A Rat? (Allegro ordinario)
Act 4 Scene 2: Moff: I Feel Good,...I Knew That I Would Now. (Presto brownio)
Act 4 Scene 3: Luke: I Wish I Could Remember The Theme From Shaft (Alla Breve Funkia)
Act 4 Scene 4: Vader: This Farce Is Powerful, I Must Lighten Up.(Con brio)
Act 4 Scene 5: Luke: That Death Star Really Blows. (Allegro non ringio)

Act 5: All Together Now. Ensemble (Moderato beatlelic tutti)
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Any BAUTers have potential candidates for this genre? Lots of sci-fi movies, novels, and short stories out there.

ciderman
2007-Mar-31, 02:32 PM
I don't think this is quite what you're after, but I gotta post it!

http://www.thewaroftheworlds.com/

Tensor
2007-Mar-31, 03:37 PM
Having just again enjoyed the musical version of The Producers, I started wondering if there's an untapped resource out there, namely the SCIENCE FICTION MUSICAL.

I know The Rocky Horror Picture Show seemed to draw from this quasi-virgin well, but then, it appears, it went dry. Perhaps Mel Brooks is working on the musical version of Spaceballs.

He is working on a musical version of Young Frankenstein, that would seem to count. As it happens, one of the theatres down here just finished auditions for stage version of "Rocky Horror".

[proud dad mode] My daughter will be playing Janet.[/proud dad mode]

Paul Beardsley
2007-Mar-31, 04:26 PM
I saw Return to the Forbidden Planet performed at Chichester College. That was rather good.

I've also seen a ballet version of Frankenstien.

There was a fictitious Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on The Time Machine that cameoed in the execrable 2002 film adaptation of the Wells novel.

I went to the theatre to see a musical version of Gene Wolfe's short story, "The Eyeflash Miracles". (This is not true - but I did dream it, circa 1984.)

I've got this urge to adapt some SF novel as a song. But I can't think which one.

Gemini
2007-Mar-31, 05:46 PM
I've got a friend working on a musical of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea

Paul Beardsley
2007-Mar-31, 07:44 PM
I've got a friend working on a musical of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea

It's not a fuss I should be makin'
But I've just seen a giant kraken
If you need a helpin' hand
Just you call on our Ned Land...

Gillianren
2007-Mar-31, 08:08 PM
A musical has two acts.

Then again, they all it a space opera . . . .

SMEaton
2007-Mar-31, 08:36 PM
Here I propose the musical version of the space opera Star Wars (for the kids, that's how we knew it, no "Episode IV" crap)
Perhaps Bill Murray could get in on that...
Aww..Star Wars, Nothing But Star Wars
Give Me those Star Wars
Don't let them end

Oh Star Wars
If they should bar wars
Please let these Star wars stay

And hey!
How bout that nutty star wars bar
Can you forget all the creatures in there

And Hey!
Darth Vader in that black and evil mask
Did he scare you as much as he scared me
Yeow!

Star Wars those here in Bar wars
My 7th Winter up here!!
Star Wars!

BenM
2007-Mar-31, 09:46 PM
There are several operas using a science fiction theme. Phillip Glass made an operatic version of Doris Lessing's The Making of the Representative for Planet 8. There is also an operatic version of Atwood's The Handmaids Tale. Anthony Davis composed Under the Double Moon which features an original libretto.

I haven't seen/heard The Handmaids Tale, the Glass I heard a while ago and it didn't leave much of an impression either good or bad. I only heard the Davis once, and I'm not sure what to make of it, very ethereal.

Tensor
2007-Mar-31, 10:36 PM
Hmmmmm, Wondering if "What's Opera, Doc?" would qualify. After all, it does have a spear and magic helmet. Or would that be a musical Fantasy?

Alasdhair
2007-Apr-01, 07:55 PM
Mad magazine did a musical spoof of Star Trek, including an immortal song about the fate of the Redshirts: "...and you can do it with a crew that's dispensible..." to the tune of Age of Aquarius

Gillianren
2007-Apr-01, 08:07 PM
After all, it does have a spear and magic helmet.

Magic hewmet?

It should tell you something about Wagner (that's essentially a fairy tale/old German legend) that all the best music of the opera fit into that cartoon.

HenrikOlsen
2007-Apr-01, 11:51 PM
Actually cut'n'mix of multiple old germanic stories, which made it to old norse mythology and was later written down as the Völsunga Saga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volsunga_saga).
You may have noticed that I like (http://www.iaeste.dk/~henrik/images/SigurdFafnir5.jpg) that story:)

And the mangling Wagner did to it would have made a modern Hollywood producer proud.

Ronald Brak
2007-Apr-02, 01:18 AM
Mad magazine did a musical spoof of Star Trek, including an immortal song about the fate of the Redshirts: "...and you can do it with a crew that's dispensible..." to the tune of Age of Aquarius

And they also did one on Star Wars:

BEEP!
That's hi, in robot talk.
TOOT
He's bought an S.O.S.
ZOT
The princess needs our help
BLAP
She's really in a mess...


If you're neurotic he'll read up on Freud,
And that's what we've got in a second hand droid...


And now I'm such aboard this ship,
With a kid who's never seen the milky way,
A screaming ten foot ape,
And a droid I think is gay...
Which is what you seem to find,
When the force controls your mind.

Maksutov
2007-Apr-02, 07:30 AM
Mad magazine did a musical spoof of Star Trek, including an immortal song about the fate of the Redshirts: "...and you can do it with a crew that's dispensible..." to the tune of Age of AquariusTime to beam up a scan of that issue's cover:

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Maksutov
2007-Apr-02, 07:37 AM
And they also did one on Star Wars:...Oh yeah:

http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/2324/starwarsbleecchhil6.th.jpg (http://img213.imageshack.us/my.php?image=starwarsbleecchhil6.jpg)

Funny this never Obi-Wan a-Tony.

Poor old Ben...

Krel
2007-Apr-02, 01:31 PM
Hard to find, but it is, as far as I know not only is it the first sf musical, but also the first sf sound film. It is "Just Imagine" from 1930: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021016/

It is a strange film, not so much a sf musical, as a musical that is using sf trappings. It is reported that the model of 1980 New York city filled a Zeppelin hanger. It also has Maureen O'Sullivan as LN-18.

David.

Matherly
2007-Apr-02, 02:27 PM
What about a "Planet of the Apes" musical

Troy McLure(snging): I hate every ape I see. From Chimpan-A to Chimpan-Zee...

Homer(aside): I love legitamate theatre.

Certassar
2007-Apr-03, 10:53 PM
Oh, the "Stop the Planet of the Apes - I Want to get off!!" with Troy McClure in The Simpsons!

Troy:
I hate every ape I see
From chimpan-A to chimpanzee
No, you'll never make a monkey out of me
(Cue: Statue of Liberty)
Oh my God, I was wrong
It was Earth all along
You finally made a monkey
Apes:
Yes, we finally made a monkey
All:
Yes, you finally made a monkey out of meeeeee!!
Troy:
I love you, Dr. Zaius!

loglo
2007-Apr-07, 11:04 PM
Joss Whedon should do for Serenity what he did for Buffy (http://www.buffymusical.com/).

"ANYA Bunnies aren't just cute
Like everybody supposes!
They got them hoppy legs
And twitchy little noses!
And what's with all the carrots?
What do they need such good eyesight for anyway?
Bunnies! bunnies!
It must be bunnies!!"
(More stunned silence)
"...Or maybe midgets"

Larry Jacks
2007-Apr-09, 07:58 PM
Well, there was the musical version of "Little Shop of Horrors" (http://www.amazon.com/Little-Shop-Horrors-Rick-Moranis/dp/B00004RF8J/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-0191176-1883945?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1176147785&sr=1-1) about a singing man-eating plant from outer space. The non-muscial version (http://www.amazon.com/Little-Shop-Horrors-Jonathan-Haze/dp/B00005B1YM/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3/104-0191176-1883945?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1176147939&sr=1-3) is also available and pretty funny. Look for a very young Jack Nickelson in one of his earliest roles.