While I do tend to complain sometimes about how many musicals are simple adaptations rater than original properties, I can’t really find anything to complain about here. Reports are that David Bowie will be adapting The Man Who Fell to Earth as a musical, and Sara Bareilles’s musical version of Adrienne Shelley’s Waitress will be premiering at the American Repertory Theater in August.
Musical adaptations can be a bit of a mixed blessing, while the musical version of Wicked is enormously popular, it’s quite different from the book both in plot and in tone. At least in the case of The Man Who Fell to Earth both Bowie and the author of the book are involved, which should hopefully help maintain creative fidelity to the source. Obviously, this is impossible in the case of Waitress.
While it’s open season on musical adaptations, what are your dream property/musician match ups?