The Musical from the Black Lagoon?

The Musical from the Black LagoonThis technically isn’t new news since it was announced this past June but since I just learned of it the other day I thought I’d pass along the info anyway to those like me that haven’t already heard. Believe or not, Universal Studios Hollywood is planning a Creature from the Black Lagoon stage musical.

I was browsing Monster Island News when I came across this news item and how word of a Creature from the Black Lagoon stage musical got past me when it was first announced this past summer is beyond me. Here’s what Universal’s own press release has to say about the show:

“Drawn from Universal’s crypt of classic monsters and updated with spectacular Broadway production values and special effects, “Creature from the Black Lagoon—The Musical,” will rise, live, on stage at Universal Studios Hollywood beginning spring, 2009.

With state-of-the-art stagecraft, acrobatic choreography and hilarious, toe-tapping music, the Creature will be brought to life in a story based on the original screenplay, updated to emphasize the element of romance and just a bit of comic relief. Original new music and dazzling production numbers will keep the attraction contemporary and lively.

Audiences will be immersed in the ominous environment of the deepest Amazon, enveloped by the exotic sounds and scents of the jungle. And from the production’s first moments, they’ll be thrust into an unexpectedly outrageous, strangely romantic, frequently melodic and often hilarious adventure as a monster classic is re-imagined for the 21st Century.

“Creature from the Black Lagoon—The Musical,” will be staged as an attraction within the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. Admission will be included in the price of theme park tickets and annual passes.”

The show is expected to replace the “Fear Factor Live” show at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Castle Theater later this spring.

Don’t know if a Creature from the Black Lagoon stage musical is a good or bad idea but I’d be willing to bet it turns out better than whatever Universal has in mind for the long planned big screen remake.

The Foywonder

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