Is “Dreamboat Annie” Going To Dock On The Great White Way?

Jan 13th, 2009 // 6 Comments

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.


Headlines: Music of Mega-Band Heart to Debut in Musical Reading Allies
[Broadway.com]

  1. Ned Raggett

    their bond is blown apart by the seductive arrival of a mysterious man

    I’m just trying to understand.

  2. ghostyhead

    @Ned Raggett: He’s a magic man, mama.

  3. Eugene Langley

    I would venture to say that John Darnielle would be totally willing to get involved with The Sign should such a thing come to pass.

  4. bcapirigi

    @Ned Raggett: They walked in the garden. They planted a tree.

  5. Chris Molanphy

    I’m a little afraid of what might become of this particularly dreadful song from the Heart catalog

    Quite possibly the worst thing Mutt Lange’s even been involved with.

  6. Luke N Atmaguchi

    The Greatest Story Ever Told about a sibling pop band (with weird sexual tension) is CARPENTERS. You, me and Todd Haynes imagine(and mourn) the plot with every spin.

    [casting trivia: matriarch "Mrs. Ford" is played by Mare Winningham, who starred in the movie "Georgia" about singing sisters]

    Sarah Palin rouses her Iditarod sled dog team by dangling the cover of BEBE LE STRANGE from a stick (huskies hustle after poodles)

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