Playbill Poll: What Pop or Rock Album Should Be Adapted for Broadway? Readers Respond
By Jared Clough
Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette recently announced that she is in the process of creating a Broadway musical adaptation of her 1995 rock album, "Jagged Little Pill," which will receive a workshop production in 2014. This news made us wonder: What other pop or rock albums could be adapted into a musical?
Here are some of our reader responses followed by our own commentary.
@TarrynNSteyn: Tina Turner’s Private Dancer.
Tina Turner’s "Private Dancer" made its debut in 1984 and quickly skyrocketed to number three on the 1984 US Billboard 200. Turner took home four Grammys in 1985 for "Private Dancer," including Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Here’s the 1985 Song of the Year, "What’s Love Got to Do with It?"
Eden Tuckman: If I wanted to see another jukebox musical made, I’d definitely go with Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours.
"Rumours" was the 11th and most successful studio album released by Fleetwood Mac, winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978. Selling over 45 million copies, "Rumours" became one of the best-selling albums of all time. It reached the top of the US Billboard 200 in 1977-78. Take a listen to their 1976 single and classic, "Go Your Own Way."
@heyitsemily22: Even though she’s mostly country, I can picture a @taylorswift13 musical.
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift quickly rose to fame since her eponymous album was released in 2006. In 2009 she became the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Her fourth album, "Red," was released in 2012 with record-breaking sales. Here’s one of her worldwide hits, "I Knew You Were Trouble."
Tristan Halstead: A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, Panic! At the Disco
Panic! At the Disco released their first album, "A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out," in 2005, shortly after the band graduated from high school. Starting as a Blink 182 cover band, they have a dance-punk feel to their music; the horns, cello and accordion make their sound unique. The group's songs comment on heavy issues, including alcoholism, prostitution, drug addiction and adultery. Here’s a less mainstream song from their 2005 album. Can you find the Broadway reference? We’ll give you a hint: A live version of this musical will air on NBC Dec. 5.
Blake Sherman: Monkey Business – Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas released their fourth album, "Monkey Business," in 2005, the last album before their two-year hiatus. Featuring rappers will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and singer Fergie, the group has a wide variety of sounds ranging from classic hip-hop to a Latin-infused rhythm. Many of their songs have become staples in clubs and dance halls, such as their 2005 hit "My Humps."
James Geoghegan: A mix of songs from any or all of the Yellowcard albums would make a great Jukebox musical… or even just Ocean Avenue would be great.
Yellowcard released their first album "Ocean Avenue" in 2002. The title track quickly reached No. 1 on the radio, and shortly after, they were the headliners of the 2004 Warped Tour and performed at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. They are known for featuring an electric violin. Listen to the song that made them famous:
Zachary Jackson: Definitely Flogging Molly’s “Drunken Lullabies”: great themes and an awesome, unique sound.
This Celtic punk band, hailing from Los Angeles, released the album “Drunken Lullabies” in 2002. Their music is featured on many current television shows, including "Weeds" and "The Sheild," and their song "What’s Left of the Flag" was named a standout track by Punknews.org.
Briana Rae: John Lennon or Bob Marley
John Lennon founded the legendary band the Beatles in 1960. He was a controversial peace activist and was nearly deported by Richard Nixon for speaking out against Vietnam. The Rolling Stones Magazine named him the fifth greatest singer of all time; here is his hit single, "Imagine."
Stef Burns: Careful Confessions - Sara Bareilles
In 2012 Bareilles was placed in the 80th spot in VH1’s Top 100 Greatest Women in Music. She possesses a rangy belt and terrific vocal control, and her emotional ballad "Gravity" could make a killer 11-o’clock number. Here is a version by Broadway actress Emma Hunton.
Scott Richard: 21 by Adele, Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, Born this Way by Lady Gaga, Carry the Fire by Delta Rae.
"21" was singer/songwriter Adele’s second studio album. This album fostered multiple awards and her smash hit "Rolling in the Deep" was covered by Wicked star Shoshana Bean.
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