In 2003, I trudged to my local neighborhood theater and watched Evil Dead: The Musical. And then I watched it again. It was unique, crazy, fun, and pretty much perfect. Still, I never thought it would ever go beyond the walls of small Annex theaters in Toronto -- until it went to Montreal for Just for Laughs, and then New York City, and now, even a production in Seoul. I loved it for being unique, different, and from the hands of people only a few friends removed. But I never dreamed what would come in its wake.

These days, everything is becoming a musical. It's super-hot -- we've got horror musicals, musicals based on shows/films based on musicals, you name it. It's the unfortunate, money-grubbing result of popularity. Once a few are popular, many will follow, trying to capitalize on the same success until we are drowned in a sea of unoriginality, desperately trying not to suffocate under the weight of copycats. Quickly, what made the breakthrough so special is tarnished, and what was cool quickly becomes the most uncool.

I desperately wish it would happen to musical remakes already. Must everything be made into a musical? Just because a certain cult horror film was surprisingly made into an uber-excellent musical does not mean that every movie can, or should, have the same fate.
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