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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:58 am    Post subject: Clue Movie to Become Stage Production Reply with quote

According to Playbill and TheaterMania. It may or may not be a musical, based on how Playbill was promoting their article on Facebook.

I cannot see this working unless they can design a very intricate, moving set. Will it have multiple endings? Will the fourth ending and other confirmable cut scenes find their way back into the story? Will Mrs. Peacock be a man?

But really, the cast is what makes the movie work. The screenplay itself is very dry without their quirks/inflections/timing at work on it, and I feel like watching this would be like watching a bunch of people impersonate Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, etc for two hours.

Still, if the US tour makes a stop in/near Atlanta, you bet your @$$ I'll be seeing it.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fact that they have hired a significant musical director suggests it may be a musical. That would really be the only way for this to make sense as you point out.

The other possibility is that Hasbro wants to create a legitimate stage play version of the film which is being performed by schools and local theater groups, often without license.

This would also legitimize it as a broadway play and encourage more schools and local theater groups to perform it, which in turn means more licensing dollars for Hasbro.

And in rewriting it for the stage, they may well punch up the script, and tighten it to have more laughs without the personalities that made the movie so great.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know if I'm excited or scared.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty eager to see the work of set designer Anna Louizos. She's quite well-accomplished, and I'd like to see how she deals with the set necessities mentioned above by alwaysPeacock.

In any case, I'm actually a little over a half hour away from the theater, so I'll certainly be seeing it when it comes out!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh that'll be good! Let me know if there's a UK tour!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Full cast & creative team announced. Sally Struthers will be Mrs. Peacock (and possibly the biggest name in the cast to anyone who isn't immersed in theater): http://www.playbill.com/article/clue-stage-adaptation-will-star-sally-struthers-and-erin-dilly

Very excited to see fellow GA boy Hunter Foster will be directing. Can't wait for the promotional materials to start rolling out!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Opening night is a Tuesday. So that's not convenient. But I'm flying up that weekend to see it Saturday. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually got my tickets to see it the week after it opens. Fingers crossed it's worthwhile!
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see tickets for the show are on the Goldstar app for $33/each.
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw it. Heading to NYC to see a real show now... my main complaint is that they changed way too much of the story and almost caricaturized the characters. The dance numbers made me cringe. I'm not going to say I hated it, but I did hate what they did to the movie...
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dance numbers? Is...is it a musical?
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadly, no. It's not. They tried to make it very slap-stick, over the top which was one of the problems. Along with making wadswoth a narrator who breaks the fourth wall too much. Using doll like dummies for dead bodies. Too many board game references. A whole subplot of wadswoth being blackmailed for stealing a cat which they spend too much time looking for. Making plum not a doctor. And searching the house not for a murderer but to find their blackmail evidence for which Mr boddy has left a series of clues that lead one to another... so much of the storyline and character action/dialogue was too unrealistic. There were a couple instances though, that I did laugh out loud. Like when Mrs white opens her present (last) and screams, "it's a snake! Oh, no, it's a rope...". I think I probably liked her character the best. Then Mustard. None of the others really stood out. Sally Struthers as peacock did somewhat but because she screeched her lines. It was grating on the nerves. And wadsworth was way over the top in a quirky ringmaster kind of way. No charm of Tim Curry. That's it for now. I will post more later, I'm sure. There's a set pic on my Facebook if you want to check it out. (I was unimpressed with that too...)
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooooh, and Mrs Ho is now a Russian with a much larger part...
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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wha....what did they do to this thing? Confused Confused Confused Confused
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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could I ask...how many endings are there?
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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just the "they all did it" ending. It's a little different. It seems the writer felt the need to make a lot of unnecessary changes just for the sake of doing it. And wadsworth's death scene is made comedic. He takes a couple minutes to talk while he's dying about how much he enjoyed being a criminal. I was literally thinking to myself, "just die already!"
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm seeing it this Saturday. Sounds like a real shame, but at least I can brace myself.
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been trying to find a review online and haven't found ANYTHING yet. Odd.

I understand beefing up the role of the cook to drive narrative along, but it's a bummer if they have changed too much to the point that it has lost its charm.

Still, I really would love to see this. Looking forward to your review, PeachFreak.
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would love to hear more details about this. It sounds underwhelming at best, but hopefully they'll iron some things out before the potential tour/acting edition script is released. The poster/program art looks great, and I quite like the set photo Michael posted. Did most of the action just happen in the hall, or do they have units move on & off to represent different rooms?
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really, it's mostly just the hall and the study. The other rooms are represented off through the side doors. Though There's one short scene in the library on the balcony when they have to listen to a record on the gramophone type player. The other "rooms" make appearances occasionally when needed like to show the murders, but by adding a prop or two in a section of the stage - like A long table in the front center stage for the dining room, a small chair off in the back for the lounge scene. A potting cart for the conservatory where Yvette is killed. (The cop was killed in the billiard room). A huge curtain and piano for the ballroom. The kitchen did have a whole backdrop for the cook's body scene.
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