Friday, August 7, 2015

Coming Soon: Archie the Musical?

This is interesting. Writer-director Adam McKay and Funny Or Die productions have teamed up with Archie Comics' Jon Goldwater and Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa to craft an Archie-themed Broadway musical:
McKay will write the book for the show, with a creative team and timing for a New York run to be announced at a later date. Funny Or Die will serve as a presenting partner. Goldwater and Aguirre-Sacasa will oversee for Archie Comics. The partnership was packaged by Triptyk Studios’ (An American In Paris) Tara Smith, B. Swibel and Adam Westbrook, who will oversee development...

“Archie represents a bygone era of America,” McKay — longtime partner with Ferrell and ex-Saturday Night Live head writer — said in announcing the deal. “And like all bygone eras, there are elements we miss and elements that should be bygone. This will be a musical that deals with both those realities in a bright, colorful and slightly demented way.”
I love Broadway musicals, but I live in Iowa. Which means that I'm dependent on traveling productions of famous programs -- if they come to Iowa City and if I'm not swamped with work. But I definitely would make the effort to watch Archie the Musical!


Donny Hampton Jacobs said...

I've heard this kind of talk before, the last time back in the '90s, I think. It was going to be a Rockabilly-type musical comedy set in the 1950s. I take this announcement with a grain of salt because it is incredibly expensive to mount anything on Broadway these days, and the critics go at new musicals with their claws and fangs bared. Previews have bad word-of-mouth, investors pull out at the last minute . . . all kinds of things can go wrong. I would be more hopeful hearing Archie Comics had partnered with Disney for their musical project; now, there's a company with a good track record of mounting hit musicals.

Jon said...

I agree that Broadway productions can be shakey -- then again they've struggled to ge the movie and the TV show going also. I trust their ability to get a good script in place though -- much more now than 20 years ago!

If nothing else, they can sell the show to various high schools and local theater companies for some extra cash! ;)