The queen’s most intrepid secret agent is jumping off the screen and onto the stage in his first ever Broadway musical. Per Playbill, “James Bond: The Musical” will be written by novelist Dave Clarke, with music and lyrics by country singer Jay Henry Weisz (um, what?).
With an array of new villains, new Bond girls, and new narrative heights, Bond on Broadway may well be a crowd-pleaser, if not a casualty of cultural and corporate stratagem. Aiming for a 2017-2018 release, producer Merry Saltzman (daughter of longtime Bond producer Harry Saltzman) hopes to invigorate the franchise with some highbrow thrills and lowbrow panache.
No word yet on who will play the legendary spy, but he’ll have some big (and expertly fitted) shoes to fill. Broadway has been ponying up for Hollywood properties recently — to varying success. (This year’s Tony Awards, however, gave Hollywood the cold shoulder.)
Will “James Bond: The Musical” threaten 007’s gravitas? While “Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark,” Julie Taymor’s beleaguered comic book musical, had one of the longest preview runs in Broadway history, it ended up scoring big bucks, unlike Hollywood to Broadway flops “Doctor Zhivago,” “Big,” “Ghost,” and “9 to 5.” Meanwhile, “SPECTRE,” Sam Mendes’ latest Bond movie, opens November 6, 2015.