harry potter the musical?

from yahoo news:

Theatre casting directors are searching for the next Harry Potter to star in a musical based on the smash-hit books.

Producers are already working on a script for an all-singing, all-dancing show of J.K. Rowling’s stories to open at London’s West End next year.

Now a search is on for a young boy to take over the role from Daniel Radcliffe who played the wizard Potter on screen as well as a big-name composer to write the music for the Theatreland show.

A theatre insider says, “The musical has the potential to be huge. You are already off to a head start with the most popular book of recent times. Everyone loves the characters and the mythical world Rowling has invented.

“The difficulty is condensing the seven books into a manageable show. They are exploring various ideas. One possibility is to tell the whole story. Another is to just take a single plot.

“The plan is for spectacular flying scenes, live Quidditch and big showdowns with Voldermort.”

hmmmm.
speaking as someone who loves musicals and potter i’m less thrilled than you’d imagine. there are so many potential pitfalls in doing this that it could quite easily be completely awful. not least because i’m not convinced they would make a good hash of the score. most recent musicals (taboo, wicked) no matter how spectacular seem to have really rubbish songs.
and all singing all dancing kids are a hard thing to make lovable.

i wonder if alan parker is free?

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