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!

4 thoughts on “Mars Attacks: The Musical

  • March 30, 2012 at 11:41 am
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    Would sound more awesome if it was true…
    “Ever since I saw The Sound of Music as a
    youngster living in New York I have dreamed of a career on Broadway…”
    said Layman.

    Layman was born in 1969.
    The Sound of Music was staged on Broadway twice…in 1959-63 (before he
    was born) and 1998-99 (when he was 30, hardly a “youngster”)

    Sorry to shatter your dreams, but Happy (Early) April Fool’s Day

    • March 30, 2012 at 11:48 am
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      He didn’t specifically state that he saw The Sound of Music on Broadway, though. And as there has ALWAYS been a production of The Sound of Music going on somewhere, that’s still relatively believable. 😛

      But even if it is an April Fool’s Day joke, it has to be my favorite ever.

      And I still want to see it.

      • March 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm
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        It is a cute concept, but lines in the press release like “are currently seeking a seven-foot tall male lead
        with extensive rock vocal experience.”, no producer or theater mentioned, and the fact that none of the theater trade papers/sites/blogs are carrying the story tends to, regrettably, make it look like a prank, though a well-done one!

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