In case you haven’t heard, Darren Stein, director of Jawbreaker, is in the process of turning the dark teen comedy into a musical. Between that and Mean Girls, it got us wondering about what other teen comedies would make great shows on stage.
1. American Graffiti
The soundtrack alone would make it easy to convert this nostalgic portrait of teen life into a pop rock musical. Sure it may be reminiscent of Grease but American Graffiti sports a large cast, a climatic car crash and teen romance.
2. But I’m A Cheerleader
Gay conversion therapy, sexual awakening, cheerleaders. All of this is perfect for a timely, “coming of age” comedy. In 2005, it was adapted for a limited run at New York’s Theatre at St. Clement’s so the work’s already done. Now someone needs to bring in back to the main stage.
Director Amy Heckerling sparked a media frenzy last year when she said she was working on a stage version of the teen classic. It’s time this jukebox musical happened.
4. Easy A
The movie already comes with one musical number – when Emma Stone sings “Knock On Wood” prior to the finale. But it would be great to watch teens sing about adultery, chlamydia, and the letter A.
The dark comedy would be an interesting idea for the stage. It may not seem like the obvious choice but rigging high school elections is great subject matter for a 15 original songs. Right?