Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Musical prepares to piss over a still-growing legacy

Of course, there's every chance that the musical which melds together aspects of Take That's back catalogue won't be rubbish.

But chances are, eh?:

Producer Tristan Baker said: "We are the biggest fans of Take That's music and we are so excited about the wonderful opportunity to create a new musical based on the fantastic catalogue of their work.

"We look forward to creating a legacy with these well-loved songs in the way that shows such as Mamma Mia! have done before."

Good lord; they're not cashing in, they're creating a legacy - because, of course, Abba's impressive body of pop work and smart move to quit while still (just) at the top of their game wasn't a legacy in its own right until a bunch of stage school drop outs started to trill Dancing Queen on tour and on Broadway to a room full of coach-touring cash-payers.

How can Baker really claim to be "the biggest fan" of the That when he's wrenching the songs from their moorings and lashing them down to some melodramatic plot? If he was such a fan, how can he want to see songs that supposedly have some sort of memories attached to them suddenly locked onto a narrative of someone else's devising.