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20 December 2007 @ 11:30 am
Santa Claus Conquers The Martians -- Live On Stage!  

From the Orange County Register story:

Brian Newell had a dream.

No, it wasn't a Martin Luther King Jr. kind of dream.

It was a dream to adapt to the live stage an embarrassingly bad 1964 movie, "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" – a cross between science-fiction and holiday films.

Newell, 41, wasn't a rookie. The theater impresario/cinephile had been adapting movies to the stage for years. Accomplishments include "Night of the Living Dead" and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Oh, and there's the live stage version of "Father of the Bride."

But to adapt a film that has been listed by multiple sources as one of the worst movies of all time, to make it entertaining, and to do it in time for the holidays – now that was a real challenge....

Current Mood: amusedamused
thnidu: Loioshthnidu on December 20th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was. But that doesn't make the effort pointless, since the movie was significantly different from the play, and the movie is what everyone is familiar with. The Wikipedia article[1] says "slightly different" and immediately seems to contradict itself. (IMDB didn't help at all with the stage origin... oops, I didn't look far enough: What are the differnences between the stage musical and film?.)

1: from the Wikipedia article (emphasis added): Based on the London stage production "The Rocky Horror Show", by Richard O'Brien, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is slightly different from its original theatrical conception. In the production of the film, many of the original aspects from the Kings Road stage production changed, as did characters and dialogue, although many cast- and crew-members from its original production returned to work on the film.