Nightmare Alley, the musical

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  1. This sounds interesting, but before seeing the cover of the Signet paperback, I had mistaken “Nightmare Alley” for “Damnation Alley”, and had visions of songs and dances about crossing the post-apocalyptic wasteland in a glorified RV…

    1. Heh! I’d forgotten about that film. Has there not been a post-apocalyptic musical yet? We should write a script for Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome: the Musical, and get Tina Turner to reprise her role from the film.

    1. Surely someone is planning the musical version of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

      There was a version done in Denver in the early 90s. Kander and Ebb wanted to adapt the book, but the rights were tied up; working in the same milieu, they and David Thompson came up with the debacle that was Steel Pier.

      Pesco: I haven’t heard anything from Nightmare Alley, but Jonathan Brielle is pretty talented, so I have hopes.

  2. “How did I guy get so low? He aimed too Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh!” Sure. I can see it. Is it too late to get Patti Lupone for Zeena?

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