Which games would work best as Broadway musicals?

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Which games would work best as Broadway musicals?

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To date, three stand out.

The first is Final Fantasy, since like the games it doesn't have to build directly upon the world established in any previous incarnation of the series but rather uses some form of shared lore (spell names, creatures, etc). While bringing such a world to the stage would be an expensive endeavor for something that at its cheapest would be just as expensive as most AAA games and at its most expensive would be 2-3 times as high, I think it'd be a spectacle worth watching, though even if it lasts only a year on the stage before closing, it'd have to make its money back through merchandise, cast recording sales and the home media release of any official pro-shot.

The second is Crash Bandicoot. Given how Julie Taymor has adapted the animal characters of The Lion King and how Tina Landau has adapted the anthropomorphic aquatic characters of SpongeBob Squarepants to the stage, I could see Crash Bandicoot done in a similar fashion. My top choices for the cast would be Billy Porter as Aku Aku, Sophia Caruso as Coco and either Ethan Slater or Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crash Bandicoot.

The last is Super Mario, which given its appeal would be the most marketable option, though Nintendo's protection over its IPs might make such a project a fantasy at best. I could see Danny Skinner and Ethan Slater as Mario and Luigi, and given their roles as Patrick and SpongeBob in the SpongeBob musical they already had an excellent rapport with one another. To round out the cast I'd suggest Taylor Louderman as Peach, Alex Brightman as Wario, Wesley Taylor as Waluigi and either Will Roland or George Salazar as Toad.
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There’s also a little known game called “Grease” released for the Nintendo DS and Wii in 2010. It’s a collection of music-themed mini games set in 1950s America, which is kind of a weird concept for a video game! That said, the music’s actually really catchy, and I think it’d make a pretty good musical.
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This thought experiment has me chuckling : D

Vib-Ribbon has a tutorial that is sung. Which has me wondering, can't we make all tutorials bombastic musicals?
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Katamari Damacy is the obvious choice. For characterizations it's really about a child's search for approval in the face of a powerful but mercurial, even flippant, parent. That approval involves more and more Sisyphean tasks. This would be a leaner musical without a burgeoning cast, but would provide a neat opportunity for songs that are both introspective and silly.
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I vote for Ms. PacMan and Galaga. Preferably as if you were adapting their combined arcade cabinet into one musical. You could really throw the audience with that one.
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marurun wrote:Katamari Damacy is the obvious choice. For characterizations it's really about a child's search for approval in the face of a powerful but mercurial, even flippant, parent. That approval involves more and more Sisyphean tasks. This would be a leaner musical without a burgeoning cast, but would provide a neat opportunity for songs that are both introspective and silly.


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Oh my god, I need a Katamari musical. NEED. I can barely stand that it doesn't exist, and now I'm going to have to live with this unfulfilled idea for the rest of my life(?).

Thanks maru. :lol:

Seriously though, can you just imagine the opening Katamari on the Rocks sequence?

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Key-Glyph wrote:Oh my god, I need a Katamari musical. NEED. I can barely stand that it doesn't exist, and now I'm going to have to live with this unfulfilled idea for the rest of my life(?).

Thanks maru. :lol:

Seriously though, can you just imagine the opening Katamari on the Rocks sequence?

NEED!


Right? I mean, the musical numbers just about write themselves.
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