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(Rolling Stone)   Broadway has run out of ideas: Musical in the works based on that American treasure of a singer/songwriter and his band: Huey Lewis and the News   ( rollingstone.com) divider line
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2018-02-08 12:56:37 PM  
Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.

In '87, Huey released this, Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.
 
2018-02-08 01:02:13 PM  
They need a new drug
 
2018-02-08 01:06:53 PM  
So this is bad?

/Sometimes bad is bad.
 
2018-02-08 01:07:36 PM  

Brawndo: Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.

In '87, Huey released this, Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.


You crazy.
 
2018-02-08 01:10:43 PM  
I saw him a Universal Studios a few years ago during one of there celebration months (maybe Mardi Gras).  Anyway, I had forgotten how many songs they had done that were hits or at least songs that most everyone knew.
 
2018-02-08 01:11:12 PM  
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2018-02-08 01:11:29 PM  

GameSprocket: So this is bad?

/Sometimes bad is bad.


I don't think it's bad if you consider the source material seriously.  Take Franki Valli and Jersey Boys, for instance.
 
2018-02-08 01:13:22 PM  
The music of Huey Lewis and the News will anchor a new stage musical, Heart of Rock and Roll.

Naturally.
 
2018-02-08 01:15:08 PM  

Diogenes: The music of Huey Lewis and the News will anchor a new stage musical, Heart of Rock and Roll.

Naturally.


From what I've seen I believe 'em.
 
2018-02-08 01:19:32 PM  
That's the power of love, subby.
 
2018-02-08 01:22:29 PM  

Pinner: Brawndo: Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.

In '87, Huey released this, Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.

You crazy.


Learn your movie quotes.
 
2018-02-08 01:23:03 PM  
I'd prefer the sound of a million mental patients poking their eyes out with knitting needles to a Huey Lewis song.
 
2018-02-08 01:25:57 PM  
Their music is perfect for a juke box musical.  The music is catchy and easy to sing along with.
 
2018-02-08 01:27:07 PM  
Why not write a musical about the common cat? Or the King of Siam?
 
2018-02-08 01:27:15 PM  
Would rather see a musical  based on the music of Weird Al
 
2018-02-08 01:27:20 PM  
Their music sucked, but honestly, it might work for a stage musical pretty well. Franky Valli's music pretty much sucked too, but I caught that Jersey Boys show when it was in town, and my wife loved it. I didnt run screaming to the exits either, so I might be able to tolerate HL&N music in a different format.
 
2018-02-08 01:30:14 PM  

Brawndo: Pinner: Brawndo: Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.

In '87, Huey released this, Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.

You crazy.

Learn your movie quotes.

Saying "you're a psycho" was too obvious.
 
2018-02-08 01:32:17 PM  
Some of my lies are true (sooner or later) deserves a bigger place in our music pantheon. It's not just Power of Love and I want a new drug, people!
 
2018-02-08 01:32:31 PM  

Bermuda59: Would rather see a musical  based on the music of Weird Al


Why not both?
 
2018-02-08 01:32:45 PM  

Pinner: Brawndo: Pinner: Brawndo: Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.

In '87, Huey released this, Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.

You crazy.

Learn your movie quotes.
Saying "you're a psycho" was too obvious.


Sorry, my bad. *Knucks*
 
2018-02-08 01:34:40 PM  
Scene 1: Huey's original band, Clover, backs Elvis Costello on "My Aim Is True."

Scenes 2-whatever: A bunch of other stuff happens.
 
2018-02-08 01:35:21 PM  
This is a musical I would see...Have always dug HLN.

best tunes ( among many):
Walking on a Thin Line
Jacob's Ladder
If This is It
 
2018-02-08 01:40:35 PM  

fsufan: I saw him a Universal Studios a few years ago during one of there celebration months (maybe Mardi Gras).  Anyway, I had forgotten how many songs they had done that were hits or at least songs that most everyone knew.


I had a similar experience when I saw Gin Blossoms live, circa 2006.

People can rag on Huey Lewis all you want, they had 5 Top 30 albums in 9 years, an Oscar (for 'Power of Love' from Back to the Future), three #1s, and nine more that hit the top 10.
 
2018-02-08 01:41:09 PM  
I currently own six (6) copies of 'Sports' on vinyl. I'm trying to collect them all.
 
2018-02-08 01:41:50 PM  
I turned 16 in the summer of '83 so was right in the perfect age range for top-40 radio and MTV at the time, and Huey Lewis and the News were on both constantly that year. While their music isn't deep or complex, they created some terrific pop/rock songs. I dig 'em. They were fun...which is something that seems to be missing from a lot of music these days.
 
2018-02-08 01:42:32 PM  

Skyking Skyking Do Not Answer: I'd prefer the sound of a million mental patients poking their eyes out with knitting needles to a Huey Lewis song.
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ou spelled Nickelback wrong
 
2018-02-08 01:49:22 PM  

McRat: Why not write a musical about the common cat? Or the King of Siam?


Take a couple of Shakespeare's plays.
 
2018-02-08 01:50:38 PM  
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// you slippin, fark
 
2018-02-08 01:50:39 PM  

Bermuda59: Would rather see a musical  based on the music of Weird Al


I just envisioned an entire audience of neckbeards. I'm afraid to "ensmellion" it.
 
2018-02-08 01:51:30 PM  
This is only apalling to people who don't know their Broadway history.  Until the 1940s it was pretty common
to include previously known and popular songs in shows (LET'S MISBEHAVE was a hit several years
before it was included in the show ANYTHING GOES for example).
 
2018-02-08 01:54:05 PM  
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2018-02-08 01:54:52 PM  
I'd rather see one about an unknown artist. Jayne County certainly deserves a musical if not a movie. Transgendered proto-punk\glam rocker who influenced David Bowie, Alice Cooper,  Lou Reed, New York Dolls and The Ramones among others.

https://medium.com/@gillianwu/meet-ja​y​ne-county-the-punk-rock-trans-icon-you​ve-never-heard-of-cf557fc021fe
 
2018-02-08 01:57:08 PM  

The Lone Biker of the Apocalypse: This is a musical I would see...Have always dug HLN.

best tunes ( among many):
Walking on a Thin Line
Jacob's Ladder
If This is It


Jacob's Ladder was written by Bruce Hornsby.  I saw HLN in like 1988, and the opened the show with a extended intro of that song--say what you want about the band, but that was pretty amazing.  It just kept building and building, and when he finally came on stage and started the song the crowd nearly exploded.  I always thought they were great in concert.
 
2018-02-08 01:57:51 PM  
Show your play ticket at Dorsia's for 10% off your bill!
 
2018-02-08 01:59:52 PM  
I always thought a "Raging Bull" type musical set to remixed Simon and Garfunkel ...stop laughing...

The story of a down and out Boxer trying to survive in New York

The Boxer, , I am a Rock, Cecelia, Only living boy in New York, 59th Street Bridge  would frame a narrative of some young country fighter starting out in NYC

The boxer (reprise) The Sound of Silence, Homeward bound...  his death in the ring.
 
2018-02-08 02:02:27 PM  

dugitman: Franky Valli's music pretty much sucked too


This one is brilliant.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - The Night
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2018-02-08 02:05:07 PM  
There's also a Broadway-bound show based on the music of the Go-Go's, so I guess there's a trend here.
 
2018-02-08 02:06:03 PM  

Uzzah: Scene 1: Huey's original band, Clover, backs Elvis Costello on "My Aim Is True."

Scenes 2-whatever: A bunch of other stuff happens.


Huey played harmonica on Still Dangerous and they used to do a biatchin version of The Boys are Back In Town, so bring that in too
 
2018-02-08 02:06:07 PM  
They should make a musical about Hamster Huey and the gooey kablooie.
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2018-02-08 02:06:54 PM  

Lorenzo Von Matterhorn: The Lone Biker of the Apocalypse: This is a musical I would see...Have always dug HLN.

best tunes ( among many):
Walking on a Thin Line
Jacob's Ladder
If This is It

Jacob's Ladder was written by Bruce Hornsby.  I saw HLN in like 1988, and the opened the show with a extended intro of that song--say what you want about the band, but that was pretty amazing.  It just kept building and building, and when he finally came on stage and started the song the crowd nearly exploded.  I always thought they were great in concert.


If I'm remembering correctly,  Hornsby and Lewis collaborated on more than a few tunes.
 
2018-02-08 02:07:03 PM  
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2018-02-08 02:07:56 PM  

CarnySaur: There's also a Broadway-bound show based on the music of the Go-Go's, so I guess there's a trend here.


Don't forget today's NY Times piece on the new Jimmy Buffett musical soon to open.

/I can't tell if the article is snarky or not.
 
2018-02-08 02:14:48 PM  
Every '80s act under the sun seems to have a musical coming out. We've already got Billy Joel's musical, and soon we'll have a musical from the Go Go's and one from Jimmy Buffett...
 
2018-02-08 02:18:41 PM  
Hung: The Huey Lewis Story
 
2018-02-08 02:23:56 PM  
Not to totally diss Huey- I DO think they did the best version of the National Anthem I remember seeing live
 
2018-02-08 02:34:12 PM  

rjakobi: GameSprocket: So this is bad?

/Sometimes bad is bad.

I don't think it's bad if you consider the source material seriously.  Take Franki Valli and Jersey Boys, for instance.


I think the joke went over your head.  Those are lyrics of theirs, not a commentary on their talent...which is immense.
 
2018-02-08 02:40:58 PM  
I think it's less "run out of ideas" and more "purely marketing-driven". Sure, every once in a while something a little different like Hamilton comes around and it turns into a hugely profitable cultural phenomenon, but it's gotta be next to impossible to make those happen at will.

I have no data to back this up, but I kinda suspect a big chunk of the Broadway musical market is 50something tourists from flyover country who come to town for shopping and sightseeing and a show or two and a couple crappy meals. Construct a musical around a buncha songs they loved in their youth, that demographic's going to buy tickets without much thought. It's easy undemanding fun. new stuff in the theaters keeps the tourists coming to town, and the show probably turns a profit.
 
2018-02-08 02:56:12 PM  

phaseolus: I think it's less "run out of ideas" and more "purely marketing-driven". Sure, every once in a while something a little different like Hamilton comes around and it turns into a hugely profitable cultural phenomenon, but it's gotta be next to impossible to make those happen at will.

I have no data to back this up, but I kinda suspect a big chunk of the Broadway musical market is 50something tourists from flyover country who come to town for shopping and sightseeing and a show or two and a couple crappy meals. Construct a musical around a buncha songs they loved in their youth, that demographic's going to buy tickets without much thought. It's easy undemanding fun. new stuff in the theaters keeps the tourists coming to town, and the show probably turns a profit.


Hey, it worked for ABBA.  I'm not even sure if Mamma Mia! had any plot at all.  Everyone was too busy singing along.
 
2018-02-08 02:56:47 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: They need a new drug


Ghostbusters!
 
2018-02-08 02:56:56 PM  
Sounds like they're walking in a thin line...
 
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