I guess anything’s game to be turned into a musical nowadays. Thus, today’s film turned into improbable musical is National Lampoon’s “Vacation”. Yes, the John Hughes-created Chevy Chase-starrer that gave us the immortal image of a dead lady tied to the roof of a station wagon is now going to be peppered with songs and dancing. Really?
It is happening, though. It will premiere this fall at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, also the launching pad for other out-of-town tryouts such as “Hairspray” and “Aladdin”.
I’m not sure how they’ll make this one “sing”. Yes, there is a famous song, Lindsey Buckingham’s “Holiday Road” associated with the original film, but nobody broke out singing it.
Peter and I did see another off-Broadway tryout of a somewhat similar property, the road trip movie “Little Miss Sunshine”. It was quite amusing, actually, but they struggled to stage the driving scenes and other road trip-oriented elements.
Well, I love to see people take on a challenge, so let’s wait and see.