Mars Attacks: The Musical

Sure, we know that Hollywood is fresh out of original ideas, but it seems Broadway may be following suit. Either that or Broadway audiences are becoming geekier and there’s a huge market for this kind of thing. Or Both. But IDW Publishing and Topps has announced that yes, there will be a musical based on the comic books (and movie) of Mars Attacks.

No, really. At first, I was like “huh?” But now, I’m sort of like “I need to see this.”

Titled Mars Attacks: 21st Century Slaughter (best Broadway show title ever), the big-budget musical will be set in the same continuity as IDW’s ongoing comic series hitting in June, according to ongoing Mars Attacks writer John Layman.

“Ever since I saw ‘The Sound of Music’ as a youngster living in New York I have dreamed of a career on Broadway and I’m very excited to be branching out into theatre,” Layman stated in a press release. “My approach to ‘Mars Attacks’ on stage is sort of a science fiction version of ‘West Side Story’: a human and a Martian involved in a star-crossed romance, set against the backdrop of a violent interstellar war – with all of humanity caught in between! It’s going to be a rollicking good time, with songs that will make you want to get up and dance!”

Doesn’t that sound sort of awesome?

Mars Attacks: 21st Century Slaughter is set to start rehearsals later this year with a debut in 2013. According to the press release, the show is still in the casting phase and they  “are currently seeking a seven-foot tall male lead with extensive rock vocal experience.”

Source: Comic Book Resources

The above was an April Fool’s Day joke, but my novel Zeus, Inc. is not. If you like science fiction and fantasy, be sure to check it out!

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