Over the weekend, online sites were abuzz with the news out of the New York Post that the mega-popular former HBO vampire series True Blood has a musical version of itself that has been quietly in development, until now.
NY Post reports: “Like the TV show, True Blood: The Musical is set in the fictional town of Bon Temps, La., where vampires live among humans. The town also boasts witches, fairies, shape-shifters and werewolves. If a full production ever materializes, there will be plenty of special effects. Director Pam MacKinnon, recently staged a workshop version with the cast included Ellen Foley (of TV’s Night Court”), Claybourne Elder (Broadway’s Bonnie & Clyde) and Ann Harada (Avenue Q). The music is by Nathan Barr, who scored the TV series it’s based on; YA fiction author Elizabeth Scott (who wrote the novel Living Dead Girl is writing the book and lyrics.
Their sources also report that True Blood creator, Alan Ball is also keeping close tabs on what happens with the development of the musical version of his TV show. However, the NY Post is quick to point out that Vampire musicals have not done well on Broadway, in fact they were flops! Lestat ran only 39 performances in 2006, Dance of the Vampires ran only 56 performances in 2002, and Dracula, the Musical in 2004 was able to get to 137 performances before being closed down. ven vampire-driven soap Dark Shadows was being workshopped into a musical but never got off the ground.
All of that had us thinking; since the Vampire genre has sunk previously on Broadway, and other TV shows have come to “Big Apple” audiences, and made attempts at a musical reinterpretation of themselves, what about a defunct Daytime soap hitting the boards? Could you see One Life to Live: The Musical? All My Children: The Musical? Another World: The Musical? Ryan’s Hope: The Musical? We could go on and on! Think about it: there are definitely already stories built within the histories of the shows with familial drama, romance, intrigue, mystery, heartbreak, and humor that are cornerstones of Broadway formulas. Obviously, primetime soaps such as Dallas, Knots Landing, and Dynasty have more of allure and recognition to Broadway audiences, probably than their daytime counterparts, but with the right, re-imaginging, packaging, musical score, book, and talent, you never know.
So, what do you think about True Blood: The Musical? Great idea … or do you think it will never see the lights on Broadway? If you were to take one daytime soap that is no longer on network TV and make it into a Broadway musical, which would you choose and why? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!