Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Next Broadway Smash

I saw this in the Chicago Tribune today:
Mary Zimmerman will premiere her new stage-musical version of "The Jungle Book" in Chicago, as part of the Goodman Theatre’s 2012-13 subscription season, the Chicago theater announced.
But when I read it, my eyes somehow passed over one critical word: book.

Wouldn't it be awesome if someone made a musical of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle? Can you imagine actors belting out show tunes about exploited workers and contaminated meat?

If The Book of Mormon can be a hit, why not The Jungle? Okay, I suppose the former is a bit more humorous than the latter. Wouldn't it be even more awesome if someone made a musical comedy of The Jungle? There could be actors dressed as cows and pigs singing happy songs on their way to slaughter. The grand finale could feature the meat packers singing "My Buddy Fell into the Rendering Tank (and Now He's on Your Table)"!

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