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Gladiator: The Musical?
Will you be entertained?

18 May 2006  |  Written by   |  Source: Contactmusic

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Could you picture Ridley Scott’s Gladiator as an all-singing, all-dancing musical? Well, maybe not the dancing part, but if Lord Of The Rings can become a tune-laden theatre extravaganza, then clearly anything can.

But according to reports over at Contactmusic, the tale of Maximus Decimus Meridius will be the next big thing on the West End stage. With one of the movie’s writers (William Nicholson) apparently hard at work on the story and plans to use Hans Zimmer’s music already afoot, all that’s left to sort out is who’ll be playing the armoured hero.
Scratch Russell Crowe for a start – he wouldn’t want to be playing the role he’s already conquered every night for tourists and arty types, even if it did get him a shot at theatre glory. Nope, the producers are apparently looking at Broadway regular Brian Stokes Mitchell to take over the part.

"It's a terrific story which, with the right songs, will be a great show," an “associate” of producer Brian Eastman apparently told the site. Can’t wait – anyone for a rousing chorus of ‘Unleash Hell’? (“At my signal, unleash HEEEELLL… Well done centurions, you fought so WEEEELLL…”) Yeah, we wouldn’t hire us either.

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What?
3 words: PLEASE GOD NO. Musicle? Opera maybe, Maximus the Tennor I can see, and the epicness (is that even a word?) would suit the stylye but Maximus the High Tennor no. He was one of the last truly masculine heroes of the 21st century and now the metrosexual lot wanna take him away from us as well? How very dary you! More

Posted by The Jackle at 09:55 on 22 May 2006 | Report This Post

RE: HOW DARE THEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oveur do you like movies about gladiators? More

Posted by Mason Verger at 14:53 on 21 May 2006 | Report This Post

RE: HOW DARE THEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
L: HayaoMiyazakiRules GLADIATOR IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVOURTIE FILMS, AND NOW THEY'LL RUIN IT. CAN YOU REALLY SEE MAXIMUS SINGING, WITH THE ROMANS DANCING IN THE BACKGROUND!!! TERRIBLE IDEA FOR A MUSICAL, AND I'VE HEARD LOTR THE MUSICAL IS RUBBISH, SO WHAT'S THE POINT. IF I WERE RIDLEY SCOTT, I'D GO OUT AND KILL WHO EVER THOUGHT UP THE IDEA FOR THIS MUSICAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ] More

Posted by adamdavidsmith at 14:20 on 21 May 2006 | Report This Post

RE: HOW DARE THEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'd go just for the camp. Clearly you'd have to be off your trolley to really dig it. More

Posted by Monkey Wrench at 13:29 on 21 May 2006 | Report This Post

HOW DARE THEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GLADIATOR IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVOURTIE FILMS, AND NOW THEY'LL RUIN IT. CAN YOU REALLY SEE MAXIMUS SINGING, WITH THE ROMANS DANCING IN THE BACKGROUND!!! TERRIBLE IDEA FOR A MUSICAL, AND I'VE HEARD LOTR THE MUSICAL IS RUBBISH, SO WHAT'S THE POINT. IF I WERE RIDLEY SCOTT, I'D GO OUT AND KILL WHO EVER THOUGHT UP THE IDEA FOR THIS MUSICAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More

Posted by HayaoMiyazakiRules at 12:06 on 20 May 2006 | Report This Post

RE: AR
I will (will he?) I will (will he?) I will (will he? Why does he look so perplexed?)   I will (will you?) I will (will you?) Have my revenge (Revenge? Revenge?) In this life or the....(hold note, then chorus joins for finale) THIS LIFE OR...THE...NNNNNNEEEEEXXXXXT   (CHORUS SHOUTS) GLAD-EE-ATOR!!!!       More

Posted by jobloffski at 09:50 on 20 May 2006 | Report This Post

AR
What a disaster. Have the theatre guys lost their inspiration completely? How can a Gladiator musical be anything other than bad taste? And I read an article saying how awful LOTR was on stage. I mean, if a film is really succesful, can't it be left at that? Let's go and ruin it by adding songs and dancing Romans. Good luck West End. More

Posted by axrivlin at 17:02 on 19 May 2006 | Report This Post

don't knock it till you've seen it...
have any of you actually seen The Lord of the RIngs on stage??? More

Posted by morpheusman at 23:22 on 18 May 2006 | Report This Post

The man who put the glad in galdiator
"My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next." Cue Music.....Line of tap-dancing Legionnaires enter stage right......... More

Posted by Mrs.Doyle at 13:44 on 18 May 2006 | Report This Post

Definition of Hell
Why? What possible good can this bring to the world? Lord of the Rings on stage is apparently rubbish so learn your lesson folks - stay away from amazing, big scope films. There may be a hearty inner story but this is not for the stage. And who would see a gladiator fight minus chariots and amazing stadium? And without gladaitor fights just what are we seeing here? Please, someone, wake up and smell the blood sweat and tears. More

Posted by domino05 at 11:32 on 18 May 2006 | Report This Post

hahahahahaha
oh my god they cant be serious? dont destroy one of my favourite films! im as big a fan of musicals as the next person but this is not the right kind of source material for singing and dancing! although i would pay good money to see Russell Crowe dance! More

Posted by Amelie_Scotland at 11:22 on 18 May 2006 | Report This Post

Now this.....
..just seems silly to me. Gladiator was a great film and I can't see how it would transfer into a musical. Mind you, I don't really know what they were thinking with the musical Lord Of The Rings either, but hey.... More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 09:23 on 18 May 2006 | Report This Post

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