We report periodically on movies currently being developed for the stage though the brilliance/insanity of various studios (Xanadu is my personal favorite so far -- and it's supposed to be good! Well, campy-good -- but it's not as if Xanadu could be anything else.), and it's time to tell you that things at MGM really seem to be getting out of control.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is licensing stuff like crazy: During the 2006-2007 season alone, five MGM properties will be hitting stages around the world. Among the titles? Midnight Cowboy. And get this: While not actually a musical, the thing is being described as "A play with music," which is perilously close if you ask me. I mean, good God, MGM -- have you no decency?

Other MGM films heading stage-ward in the next year or so are: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which is a musical -- and probably magnificent -- and will premiere in Sydney in October; Legally Blonde, due to bend and snap its way into San Francisco next spring; Where's Poppa?, premiering in LA in March 2007. Oh, and for those of you who can't wait to see Ratso set to music, Midnight Cowboymade its debut at the Edinburgh Festival earlier this month, and will soon open in London's West End.
categories Movies, Cinematical