Does Everything Need to Be a Musical?

Pretty soon, everything we know will be turned into a musical.  I say this because Broadway is turning some of my favorite non-musical movies into song-and-dance theater shows.  A Christmas Story is one of the all-time cult classics and I never grow tired of watching the film, but did it beg to me adapted for the stage? Maybe the songs are as fun as the scenes from the motion picture comedy, "Ralphie to the Rescue," "Up on Santa's Lap," and "Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun," but it will have to live up to my high expectations. Now do we really need musical stage versions of Rocky and Diner?  Like it or not, here they come.  Rhinestone I can imagine, but a show-tune adaptation of the Italian Stallion Balboa? What's next, a tapdancing Rambo? And how on Earth will they transform Barry Levinson's brilliant little drama into a Broadway spectacular?  More importantly, why?

I have been surprised by playwright's imaginative inspirations before.  Who knew that Peanuts could be turned into You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!  Will these latest musical experiments be little footnotes in Broadway history like It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman or will they be as controversial as Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark?

If they can turn the Titanic tragedy into a musical, I suppose no subject matter is off limits for the musicalization treatment.  I will try not to be too cynical and give them all a chance.

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