Thursday, July 17, 2008

the rise of the nerd musical

Now that the Dr. Horrible site is up and running, I can safely say that it's everything I hoped it to be. The music is engaging, the writing is clever, and the cast is exceptional. I had high expectations for Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion, and their performances don't disappoint. Despite her stint on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I'm not very familiar with Felicia Day. But as Penny, Dr. Horrible's love interest, Day infuses what could have been a flat throw-away role with genuine sweetness. The first two acts are up and running, with the third and final act scheduled for July 19. The free videos will only be up until July 20, so don't procrastinate. But if you'd rather download them for your very own, just head over to iTunes, where Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog shot to number one on its first day. Otherwise, DVDs are also in the works and will apparently feature a musical commentary.

Dr. Horrible may never come to Broadway, but it's another story entirely for Spidey. Julie Taymor, the brilliant director behind the staged production of The Lion King and the beautiful Across the Universe, will be returning to Broadway with Spider-Man: The Musical. Known for her lush visual style and uncompromising artistic integrity, Taymor is well-suited for helming the first superhero mega-musical. With the help of Bono and The Edge, as well as the possible casting of Across the Universe stars Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood, Spider-Man: The Musical already has plenty of star power behind it.

If you're not already familiar with Taymor's style, check out these clips from Across the Universe:

I Want You/She's So Heavy

Strawberry Fields

Let It Be

And check out what she did for The Lion King

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