Is The King's Speech the 2011 Best Picture Nominee Most Deserving of a Broadway Run?

The King's Speech -- the cutest Best Picture winner about compelling speech patterns since Rain Man -- is rumored to be ticketed for Broadway in Fall 2012. Yep, real actors will be stuttering live, onstage, in an epic epiglottal drama for the ages. That should be adorable -- and family friendly -- but are you worried that other Best Picture nominees from 2010 are better suited for a stage adaptation? Good! Ahead, some better options.

Do you remember that Bad Movie We Begrudgingly Enjoy called Black Swan? That strikes me as a Broadway-bound schlockfest. Give me some shadowy tutus, a musical number about stabbing yourself because the ballet world is too crazy (er, spoiler), and a climactic song about eerie masturbation. Here comes quality, Lerner and Loewe.

The next best options would be The Fighter (because screamy insult wars are always a scintillating dramatic element -- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and God of Carnage thrive on them), The Social Network (the Glengarry Glen Ross of au courant cinema), and Toy Story 3 (which has madcap Avenue Q potential). I highly discourage an Inception musical, because the hallucinogenic, aerial stunt work will earn it the name Spider-Man: Turn Off the Lights, I'm Sleeping, Incept Me, Zzzzz, you know? And you can't recapture the magic of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's stunningly well-fitted trousers on the legitimate stage. Aristotle never figured out that trick either.

· 'The King's Speech' headed to Broadway [Showbiz 411]


  • The WInchester says:

    In a fitting bit of cinema/real life influences, The Kings Speech Broadway experience will play at a theater that used to show porn.

  • Timm says:

    While I'm sure (hoping?) this is satirical.... you do realize "The King's Speech" began it's dramatic life as a play, right?

  • Well, it began its dramatic life as an idea for a play, but it was never produced. David Seidler wrote it as a script for a film, turned that script into a play, and then -- after a reading for some interested parties -- sold it as a film. (His script won Best Original Screenplay, not Best Adapted Screenplay.) So, there has always been some stage blood in The King's Speech, but it hardly would qualify as a stage adaptation in the way something like Chicago might.

  • Louis Virtel says:

    Yeah! What Rosen said!

  • ILDC says:

    Are Bob and Harvey involved?