Kelly Clarkson Loves the Idea of a ‘Gilmore Girls’ Musical
While Gilmore Girls fans are awaiting word on a second revival season on Netflix, there are a few stars who have an entirely different idea for the people of Stars Hollow. Kelly Clarkson is utterly enamored with the idea of a Gilmore Girls musical, and Lauren Graham, who portrayed Lorelai Gilmore for seven seasons, doesn’t think it’s a bad idea, either.
The idea of a Gilmore Girls musical was born on The Morning Show
Amy Sherman-Palladino, the mastermind behind Gilmore Girls, isn’t against the idea of crafting a second revival season on Netflix. In fact, Sherman-Palladino even had a clause written into her contract with Amazon that would allow her to craft future seasons of the series for Netflix. The concept of a musical, however, wasn’t her idea.
Instead, the idea was born on Apple’s flagship series, The Morning Show. During an episode of the series, reporters are sent to cover the opening of a musical. The production was Gilmore Girls: The Musical. The entire bit was supposed to be a quippy commentary on pop culture and Broadway, in general, but fans actually kind of love the idea. If you really think about it, a Gilmore Girls musical would make a lot of sense.
Shows based on popular films have done well
Musicals that have been based on movies and shows with cult followings have actually done reasonably well on Broadway in recent years. Mean Girls for example, has found great success on Broadway. The show, which is based on the eponymous film written by Tina Fey, opened in 2017. It is still running at the August Wilson Theater and will head to London’s West End in 2021. According to Deadline, the musical will also be adapted for film through Paramount. Paramount also released the original movie in 2004.
While not a musical, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is further proof that famed film can be adapted for the stage. The play, which is told in two parts, has won six Tony Awards and remains wildly popular with people who fell in love with Potter as children. People suggests that the play is worth a viewing, even for people who have never seen the movies or read the novels.
The Spongebob Musical also performed reasonably well and picked up awards when it opened in 2016. One would assume that a cartoon sponge wouldn’t really resonate with the Broadway crowd, but, strangely enough, it works. The cast is currently touring the United States to perform the quirky musical with direction by Tina Landau.
Kelly Clarkson is here for a Gilmore Girls musical
Clarkson revealed that she completely supports the idea of adapting Gilmore Girls for the stage. Graham appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show, and it didn’t take long for Clarkson to ask Graham about the potential of a musical. Graham seems to be entirely into the idea, too. She noted that she feels like the show’s pacing could really work on Broadway.
The idea isn’t totally off the wall. In fact, a little musical number was featured in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. While the musical produced by Taylor Doose was a bit rough around the edges, it proves that the inhabitants of Stars Hollow could quickly put on their dancing shoes and get the job done. Again, whether or not it will actually happen remains to be seen, but it’s nice to know that the idea has some Hollywood heavy-hitters in its corner.