Jan 21

A Modern Tin Pan Alley


Jukebox Musicals are becoming a hot commodity on Broadway. Producers are starting to use popular music to attract new audiences to the New York stage.  The songbooks of Abba, Frankie Valli & The Four Season, 80s Rock, and now Carole King are rocking out on Broadway eight shows a week. With the music of rock band Panic at the Disco being created into a musical, here are some other modern artists who would translate well to the stage.

1. Beyoncé

After an exciting year of a Super Bowl Halftime show and a surprise album, maybe a Broadway musical is next for the pop and R&B singer. With five studio albums and plenty of hits (“Halo,” “Single Ladies,” “Love On Top,” “If I Were A Boy,” “Crazy in Love”), there is a lot of material to choose from. Plus, maybe there would be some appearances of her Destiny’s Child days as well? We will have to wait and see.

2. Katy Perry

After her documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me, we saw how much Katy went through in her first world tour and how hard she works as an artist. What better story to bring to a musical? Not only does she have many singles and albums, but she is the first female artist to have five number one singles off one album (“E.T.,” “Teenage Dream,” “California Gurls,” “Firework,”“ Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F”). This has only been previously achieved by Michael Jackson. With her gigantic fan base, I’m sure a much younger audience would be attracted to New York City with a Katy Perry musical on stage.

3. Bruno Mars

Already a parody on Smash last year, why not bring a musical about the Hawaiian born singer-songwriter to reality? Bruno has two great albums, Doo Wops & Hooligans and Unorthodox Jukebox, with many hit songs (“Grenade,” “Just the Way You Are,” “The Lazy Song,” “It Will Rain,” “Treasure,” “Locked Out of Heaven”). However, not only is Bruno a fantastic singer, but also an amazing songwriter. He has written many hits for artists like Snoop Dogg, Flo Rida, Eminem, Travie McCoy, and more. One could only imagine how interesting a Bruno Mars musical could be.

For more on, Panic! the Musical, check out their Facebook page and Indiegogo campaign.  

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