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]