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Making My Musical Dreams a Reality

by Angel Cohn May 29, 2008 11:08 am

Yesterday I blathered on about how they could make an awesome Ugly Betty musical, and then today there's news that there is a Little House on the Prairie musical coming to a stage near you (well, if you happen to live in Minneapolis). Incredible. I'm already sitting here contemplating a trip to home of Mary Richards this summer, because I loved the Little House books (yup, I read!). When I was younger and adored the series with a passion... I still watch it sometimes if I'm home sick on a weekday. The best news is that Melissa Gilbert (aka Half Pint) is joining the cast playing Ma Ingalls, which is cool and wrong all at the same time.

I'm not holding out any naive hope that this will actually be a good show though. Western themes are hard to pull off in this day an age. I saw Tom Sawyer a few years back (with a pre-Veronica Mars Kristen Bell) and it just seemed corny and dated. And will Little House's songs be about moving to the untamed wilds or instead focus on the later years when they worked in a restaurant and Mary went blind? I'm guessing the earlier years, but there's just so much material to cover in Walnut Grove, and it was rarely upbeat, so this could be a bit of a downer especially if they bring in the death of Laura's infant brother, or a break out of typhoid fever, or the tornado that ripped through the farm, or the attempted rape of Ma Ingalls. Sounds so beyond cheerful, especially when set to music. Whatever, I'm mostly curious to see who lands the plum divalicious roles of Mrs. Oleson and her nasty daughter Nellie. At least they'll be fun to watch.

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