5.31.13 … Mamma Mia! Just love it when I learn something from my kids … thank you, ET, for teaching me about jukebox musicals!

jukebox musicals, kith/kin: ET introduced me to the concept of jukebox musicals.  I love learning something new!  Mama, Mia!

There was a time when most of the songs played on the radio came from Broadway. Now some popular hit makers like Cyndi Lauper and Sting are finding it still feels like home.

“Look, they don’t break your balls that much here,” Lauper said of the experience of composing “Kinky Boots,” her debut musical. “Know what I’m saying? They don’t friggin’ aggravate you as much.”

Of course, taking already existing hits and throwing them onstage — the so-called jukebox musical — is easier than writing new material and hoping fans will come.

Successful jukebox shows include “The Who’s Tommy,” Green Day’s “American Idiot,” the ABBA-fueled “Mamma Mia!” Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out” and “Jersey Boys” with tunes by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The Tony-winning “Once” used existing music by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

More jukeboxes are on tap for Broadway, including a musical using hits by Diane Warren and one with Carole King songs. There’s even a show with songs by The Flaming Lips planned for this winter at the La Jolla Playhouse in Southern California.

via Pop songwriters find excitement in stage musicals » Redding Record Searchlight.

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