Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Musical
Castle Theatre - Coming Spring 2009
Initially seeming like a spoof press release, this information has now been confirmed. This show is believed to be replacing Fear Factor Live in the Castle Theatre, timed to catch the publicity surrounding the new Breck Eisner-directed remake of the 1954 classic Universal horror.
Press Release: 2 June 2008
Drawn from Universal’s crypt of classic monsters and updated with spectacular Broadway production values and special effects, “Creature from the Black Lagoon—The Musical,” will rise, live, on stage at Universal Studios Hollywood beginning spring, 2009.
With state-of-the-art stagecraft, acrobatic choreography and hilarious, toe-tapping music, the Creature will be brought to life in a story based on the original screenplay, updated to emphasize the element of romance and just a bit of comic relief. Original new music and dazzling production numbers will keep the attraction contemporary and lively.
Audiences will be immersed in the ominous environment of the deepest Amazon, enveloped by the exotic sounds and scents of the jungle. And from the production’s first moments, they’ll be thrust into an unexpectedly outraegeous, strangely romantic, frequently melodic and often hilarious adventure as a monster classic is re-imagined for the 21st Century.
“Creature from the Black Lagoon—The Musical,” will be staged as an attraction within the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. Admission will be included in the price of theme park tickets and annual passes.
Julie Adams (left) star of the original "Creature From the Black Lagoon," poses with actors Matt Ferrell ("Creature") and Sandy Allen ("Kay"), at Universal Studios Hollywood, where a musical adaptation of the classic monster film opens tomorrow (7/1/09). Sandy Allen portrays "Kay," the character originated by Julie Adams in the 1954 film.
Photo credit: Universal Studios Hollywood
The video of the CREATURE musical is available on You Tube in two parts.
Warning: it's dreadful!!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD , THE ENTERTAINMENT CAPITAL OF L.A. ,
LIGHTS UP THE STAGE WITH “CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON—A RAGING ROCKIN’ SHOW,” A BROADWAY-LEVEL CONTEMPORARY, MUSICAL ADAPTATION
OF UNIVERSAL’S CULT HORROR FILM
Universal City, California, June 30, 2009 – Universal Studios Hollywood introduced “Creature from The Black Lagoon—A Raging Rockin’ Show,” featuring an all-original score and dazzling Broadway-level production values in a hip, musical stage adaptation of the Universal cult classic, opening exclusively at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.
The “Creature” made a grand entrance to the theme park in an enormous traveling aquarium. Among those on hand to witness his arrival was actress Julie Adams, who was the “Creature’s” leading lady in the 1954 classic Universal Pictures film production that inspired the new musical production.
The new musical attraction has an approximate 25 minute running time and a storyline that has been updated from the original screenplay to infuse romance and comic relief with extravagant stagecraft, acrobatic choreography and a hilarious and contemporary musical score certain to keep the production moving at a sizzling pace.
Audiences will be immersed within a menacing Amazon environment, completely enveloped by the exotic sounds of the jungle as they watch the twisted love story between beauty and beast unfold. From the production’s first moments, guests will be thrust into an unexpectedly outrageous, bizarrely romantic, melodic and often outlandishly comic adventure as this monster classic is re-imagined for the 21st Century.
“Creature from the Black Lagoon—A Raging Rockin’ Show” is being realized for the stage by Universal Creative and an award-winning theatrical production team drawing from the best of Broadway that includes, Tony Award®-nominated Director and Choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett, whose credits include Footloose, starring Kevin Bacon, Bewitched, starring Nicole Kidman and Broadway’s “Swing!”; Scenic Designer James Youmans, whose credits include Broadway’s “West Side Story” and “Gypsy,” starring Patti LuPone as well as Barry Manilow’s Showstoppers International Tour; Creature & Puppet Designer Michael Curry, one of the world’s leading production designers and whose credits include “The Lion King,” the 1996 and 2002 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies and Cirque du Soleil®; Fly Sequence Designer Paul Rubin, whose accomplishments include elaborate aerial stunts for “Wicked,” “Peter Pan,” and the Tony Awards®; and Producer Marc Routh, whose Broadway credits include, “Little Shop of Horrors” “Gypsy,” starring Patti LuPone, Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” and “The Producers.”
Universal Studios Hollywood (www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com), The Entertainment Capital of L.A., includes a movie-based theme park and Studio Tour, the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal Cinemas and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event venue. The theme park features the groundbreaking attractions “The Simpsons Ride,” “Revenge of the Mummy—The Ride,” “Shrek 4-D,” “Jurassic Park—The Ride” and the newly enhanced Studio Tour in HD, with a state-of-the-art Hi-Def monitor system and new movie and TV sets on the historic backlot. Universal CityWalk features over 60 entertainment-themed restaurants, nightclubs, shops and dynamic entertainment options. The Universal CityWalk Cinemas, which includes California ’s largest IMAX venue, features the best movie-going experience in Los Angeles .
Universal Studios Hollywood is a unit of Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of Universal Studios, a part of NBC Universal. NBC Universal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May of 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.
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