Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Big Lebowski Musical

There might be some friends lost, enemies made, pins split, and some CCR played because of this idea.

Please, believe me when I tell you that I did a lot of soul searching before deciding to let this one out into the public consciousness. I looked deep into my soul, consulted several holy books, thought about going bowling, and took a bath before I decided that I should let this idea float out into the world, like that mylar balloon that I lost on my fifth birthday and have missed everyday since.

Here is the idea: A musical adaptation of the Cohen Brothers classic film, The Big Lebowski.

I know what you are thinking. I know. I hate all the crappy musical adaptations of everything from Lord of The Rings to Legally Blonde, just as much as you do. Believe me, I really do hate them.

So, why am I here telling the world that there should be one for an amazing film like The Big Lebowski? Two reasons. First, if there is going to be a musical adaptation of The Big Lebowski, it should be written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Second, I see it as inevitable force of nature, something not to be stopped.

As to the first reason, I am a big fan of Jesus Christ Super Star. The movie is the most amazing thing ever. The music is epic, the costumes and actors are 70's in a bottle, and it's much easier to understand than The Passion of The Christ.

The music and lyrics for Jesus Christ Super Star were written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. If you don't know what I am talking about, just believe me when I say that these guys are the only guys that I would trust to write and compose the music for a Big Lebowki musical, with help, of course, from the Cohen brothers themselves. These guys aren't getting any younger. I am introducing this idea to the world right now, to any producer who wants to touch it, because I strongly believe that if these guys aren't behind it, it will definitely be total crap. Don't let these guys die before you decide to get off your butt and get the bowling ball rolling.

As to the second reason, there is no way that there is not going to be a musical of The Big Lebowski made. There might even be one being produced right now. I did some research, but I might have missed something. Trust me, there will be a Big Lebowski musical, even if it is a rogue production called The Dude Sings, begging to be sued by
the Cohen brothers, there will be a Big Lebowski musical.

You can look past the fanaticism and unabashed loyalty of many of the movie's super fans. You can look past the action figures and the conventions. You can look past all these outside tell tale signs. All you have to do is watch the movie, and you will understand the inevitability of a Lebowski musical. The dream sequence is an homage to Busby Berkeley, several of the movie's pivotal scenes consist entirely of music, and the there is no shortage of over the top characters. Essentially, it is already a musical.

Don't not be the Broadway producer to take the Dude to The Great White Way. The people want to hear a chorus of German Nihilists sing about no'sing.

P.S. My mom subscribed to Ideas By Chuck, and she doesn't even know what a computer is.

P.P.S. If you haven't seen it, you should see the movie version of Jesus Christ Super Star. If you like Jesus in The Big Lebowski, you will love him in Jesus Christ Super Star. Plus, Judas is a pimp daddy! You hear me cat?


Anonymous said...

bathtubs, balls, music, tara reed.... the big lebowski really does have it all

Anonymous said...

I believe this might be one of your best ideas to date.

Not in terms of viability and mass marketability like a pizza-popper-chip-clippies type invention, but in terms of just making the world a better place and putting something positive out into the universe.

I want to live in a world where The Big Lebowski Musical exists!!!

Anonymous said...

I'll tell you why this will work.

Like most things, success of musicals are based on repeat business and word of mouth. Most musicals now are based on existing material like movies rather than original material because broadway producers don't have the patients to wait for word of mouth.

Think about how much you hear people quoting Big Lebowski, obviously from repeated views, and think of how many broads you hear singing dittys from Wicked. Now combine those numbers and habits, sprinkle in the gays and you got yourself a bona fide hit.

Anonymous said...

PSH (philip seymore hoffman) in the John Goodman roll and John Stamos as The Dude and you got yourself a fucking blank check

Anonymous said...

Sara Brightman is no Juliane Moore!

Dick Sapp said...

Hello Everybody! I have been working on a musical of The Big Lebowski, for now entitled "The Dude Abides," and only today thought about seeing if anyone else has done it. Apparently every one is afraid of being sued. Luckily for me, I have no money. And, as they say, you can't squeeze blood out of a turnip. Also, if the show were to be a hit, the loving masses would FIND a way to see it. What with BitTorrent sites these days. So even being sued would never stamp the show out entirely. In fact, I INVITE the Coen Bros. to sue me, then the government can pay for my writing materials and the CNN can pay for my advertising costs while I rot in jail! It works for a lot of rappers, why can't it work for me?