Just like the pop music business, the theater biz seems to have a deep love for that which once worked (despite a series of failures and embarrassments since). People liked Mamma Mia and (to a lesser degree) Movin’ Out, so why not find another artist with a semi-extensive catalog and write a barely plausible script around songs with seemingly nothing in common besides their performer?
Like, say, Heart? Allies is still a fair distance from the Great White Way—it’s still in the stage of being performed solely for “industry insiders”—but still someone spent quite a bit a time coming up with a story about two siblings in a rock band.
A concert-style musical, Allies follows the epic love triangle that rocks the lives of siblings Gabby and Chris Ford. Sister and brother Ford are as close as struggling twenty-something can be, but their bond is blown apart by the seductive arrival of a mysterious man, Matt Rhode. Part love rock show, part drama, Allies features legendary Heart hits including “Barracuda,” “These Dreams,” and “Alone.”
While I look forward to the stink of Sarah Palin being washed from “Barracuda”, I’m a little afraid of what might become of this particularly dreadful song from the Heart catalog:
I didn’t go to college for playwriting or anything, but if Broadway wasn’t in a financial bind these days, I’d take a go at writing a musical adaptation of my own. Picture it: A story of a woman vexed by love and looking for a beautiful life in a tribute to the music of Ace of Base called The Sign.