Friday, September 08, 2006

High Fidelity... the musical?

Broadway is going the route of Hollywood-- nothing is original. Most new musicals are based on movies, or in the case of High Fidelity, based on movies based on books.

Not all musicals based on movies are bad, of course. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was even better than the movie (sadly, the musical closed earlier this month). But High Fidelity? The story is all about music, so maybe it seems logical to turn it into a musical, but Nick Hornby's dark sense of humor and the uplifting spirit of the American musical don't really mesh in my mind. I did have hope that the musical could work until I saw this preview. It looks campy, which may or may not be intentional, but my main problem is the music. Nick Hornby and his characters have high standards when it comes to music, and I don't think these cheesy pseudo-rock opera style songs would make the cut.

1 comment:

Reel Fanatic said...

Please, please tell me this is a bad joke! .. High Fidelity is easily one of my favorite books, and Hornby's best .. Not every story is fodder for a musical, and this one is one that definitely isn't in my opinion