Wolverine: The Musical

If there’s a greater joy than musicals about borderline psychotic canadian mutants then it’s an Australian voiced puppet supported by an incredibly well selected batch of Marvel miscreants singing a medley of altered musical classics.

This video gives it all, as well as the best use for Multiple Man since X-Factor 92 where he multiplied himself inside and exploded a member of the Acolytes.

Personal favourite moment: A silent Wolverine just wandering over a host of singing Multiple Men and revenge at Spider-man.

Anyone who knows us or attended Moon Launch 2 knows that we love a show with a puppet in it. Moon Launch featured Laura Bacon in duet with a human with her hand up a puppets butt!! Now that’s showbiz and this has been our favourite interpretation of the ol’ canuckle head.

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The Ballad of Russell and Julie

Most creatives hope to be involved one day in something that proves successful (Luckily for us we already have Moon). However none have ever been more successful perhaps in recent televisual history than the success of the return of Doctor Who to the BBC. At the helm of all that was Russell T Davis and Executive Producer … um…. Julie something. One of the great things about big ensemble projects is the families of professionals that build up inside them and the Who crew are no different. So when it came to the end of Russell T Davis’ era, three of the cast decided to camp it right up on his behalf. Includes references to John Barrowman’s cock. Perhaps unsurprisingly. But more importantly gives a nice little look at the relationships and background of a popular TV series.

Dicktor Who!!

An Ode to Trollin’! : Thank you Hater! Wins The Internet Today!*

This little number caught my attention earlier today and I’d lined it up for later on in the week until I saw that our resident writer Dan’s very own web savvy (and frankly cooler) brother had clocked it too I took it as a sign to post up and frankly ride the anti-trollin’ wagon.

The musical video by Clever Pie and Isabel Fey tackles the seedy underbelly of frustrated illiteracy on the web. It doesn’t quite tackle the Freudian nightmare suggested by the seemingly unstoppable bubbling up of religious extremism, bigotry and bad spelling that apparently underpins society but is held at bay because we can see each other, but it’s very funny and well aimed. And features a wanking gibbon and a Samba Interlude. Which always gets a thumb up from us.

Cnuts.

Spider-Man Loses Director

Looks like yet more woes for the disaster stricken Spider-Man musical. In the past few months the $65 million Broadway show has swung (pun fully intended) from trouble to trouble including bad reviews, delays, accidents and cast walk outs. In this latest drama reports are emerging from the production that director and main creative force, Julie Taymor is to be taken off the project with near immediate effect. Taymor is the creator of the hit stage version of The Lion King and was recruited by Bono and The Edge at the start of the project to help bring Peter Parker to the stage but tensions between her and the shows producers have been growing in the last few weeks as the opening night draws near and the problems keep mounting up.

The Edge, Julie Taymor and Bono in happier times

Taymor has reportedly been locked in a battle with the shows producers over the creative direction of the musical for some time now. Critics have slammed the productions story for not making any sense and comics fans have criticised the show for the fact that one of the main villains, Arachne, isn’t even from the comic. The show had been starting to draw some positive responses from certain corners but the production’s investors have clearly decided that the changes aren’t happening fast enough. The final nail came this week when Bono and The Edge themselves, up until now her strongest supporters, reportedly agreed that it was time for her to stand down. According to sources inside the company, Taymor will be resigning from the show as soon as negotiations over her creative legal rights and financial stake from profits have been resolved.

Spins a web, any size...then falls off it.

In the wake of this development, the show’s producers have shut down production for the next few weeks in order to recruit a new director, start reworking the script and give the cast a break. This means that the show will miss it’s advertised opening night of March 15th (the sixth time the deadline has been pushed back) and will probably also miss the deadline for the Tony awards this year.

Where this leaves Turn Off The Dark now is anybody’s guess. It’s possible that this shift in direction will mark a change in the fortunes of the ailing production or it could be just the latest step in a death by a thousand cuts. Right now it seems that whatever grim demise Brian M. Bendis has planned for the Ultimate version of the character in his upcoming “Death of Spider-Man” story, it can’t be much worse than the slow death Webbs seems to be suffering over on Broadway.

Guess we’ll just have to hold out for the Watchmen musical. 😉

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