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Thursday, November 22, 2007

A-Five, Six, Seven, Eight!

posted by on November 22 at 9:39 AM


Well well well. The things you learn from reading the Village Voice’s gay star-watcher Michael Musto:

Dan Savage’s The Kid, his book about how he and his boyfriend became parents, is being turned into a musical, and I hear Scott Elliott (The Women, The Threepenny Opera) has inked to direct. That’s one more reason to hope the stagehand strike ends.

Oh. My. God. I’d start out by expressing surprise at learning about such a thing from a gossip columnist on the other side of the country, but I’m used to it. Dan’s a deeply superstitious freak (the time’s we’ve flown together, he’s not only compulsively crossed himself—the four-point Catholic way—but me, too) and given the potential for kaboom that comes with any idea “in development,” he typically plays it safe with reporting anything. Part of this seems to be a semi-legitimate fear of a “jinx” or falling piano or rogue wave or whatever, but another part is the fact that he could probably spend the majority of his day discussing potential projects, and restricting himself to the ones that make it to the finish line is a sensible move.

I still recall fondly the half-decade I spent awaiting the arrival of The Kid movie. It was bring adapted by Showtime or HBO and I couldn’t wait to take six of the world’s biggest bong hits then spend two hours watching professional actors pretend to be my friends. Alas, that project never came to fruition, but Hollywood’s loss is musical theater’s gain, and now I can’t wait to take those aforementioned bong hits (with perhaps a whisper of PCP) and go watch the singing, dancing freaks.

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this. isn't. happening.

Posted by adrian | November 22, 2007 9:47 AM

Is superstition the reason why you two think if you find a lot of news reports about something that means that thing happens a lot?

Posted by elenchos | November 22, 2007 9:57 AM

i like cats. try having a nice time givingthanks to all.

Posted by June Bee | November 22, 2007 10:01 AM

I heard ABC is shopping a Saturday morning kids cartoon version of Dan's podcast.

Who couldn't love a cartoon mouse with huge ears who answers cartoon chipmonk and cartoon elephant questions?

Posted by six shooter | November 22, 2007 10:04 AM

That is way too gay.

Posted by blaire | November 22, 2007 10:10 AM

We heard these rumors all the way out here in the flyover zone of Michigan several months ago. I just hope the final project involves lots of jazz hands and song titles such as "This is so Fucking Great", "What the Fuck?", "Kids are Fucking Wonderful!" and "Every Child Deserves a Papa and a Daddy."

Posted by Michigan Matt | November 22, 2007 10:15 AM

It's double-gay blaire, which counts the same as a double-negative--which, of course, makes it especially manly.

Actually, this is way too gay: The Kid: The Musical of the Book of the Same Name™ will basically be March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland except less Jewish, more Catholic, and more chorus girls

Posted by Boomer in NYC | November 22, 2007 10:16 AM

I cant wait to hear numbers like "The Cocksucking Song".

Posted by blaire | November 22, 2007 10:44 AM

elenchos, you continue to be my hero.

Posted by Big Sven | November 22, 2007 10:56 AM

Considering one of the biggest hits on Broadway this season is a musical based on a throwaway film from 1980, I think "The Kid: The Musical" not only has potential, it sounds pretty fucking promising.

And think...hoofers singing songs like "Adoption Adaption" and "Portland!"

Posted by Bauhaus | November 22, 2007 11:02 AM

"...a whisper of pcp." This is why you'll always be my favorite Mr. Schmader.

Posted by steven miller | November 22, 2007 12:32 PM

I read The Kid. Loved it. Seriously.

But I can't for a minute imagine translating it to a Broadway show. Not even off-off-Broadway. What the hell are they thinking?!?

Posted by SDA in SEA | November 22, 2007 1:58 PM

This has got to be a joke.

Posted by yucca flower | November 22, 2007 4:27 PM

I have to say that I agree with SDA in SEA.

Posted by Dan Savage | November 22, 2007 4:27 PM

No musical could be as good as the book anyway--and nothing's as good as real life. Regardless, I say good luck to whoever's doing this.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | November 23, 2007 4:45 AM

Watching musicals while sitting in the theater in person = great. Watching a musical on TV or on the big screen = akin to watching a fishing show...except more gay.

Posted by JessB | November 23, 2007 5:55 AM

With all due respect to SDA in SEA -- when Broadway is presenting stuff like this, THE KID doesn't seem so bad at all:

Posted by Nandor | November 23, 2007 8:39 AM

I. can't. contain. myself.

Sandra Bernhardt is the female lead. The Tony-clinching signature song is entitled "Birth Mother Blues"

Am I the only one who saw this coming????

Posted by jackseattle | November 23, 2007 10:05 AM

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