Barenaked Ladies to score 'Animal House' musical
March 6th, 2012
03:13 PM ET

Barenaked Ladies to score 'Animal House' musical

"Animal House" didn't make our list of movies we wish would become musicals, but we think this is a solid idea nonetheless.

On Monday, the 30th anniversary of "Animal House" star John Belushi's death, Universal Pictures Stage Productions announced that the 1978 film is going to become a musical, the New York Times reports.

"Book of Mormon's" Casey Nicholaw is on board as choreographer and director, and The Barenaked Ladies will provide the score.

Casting, such as who would play the role of Belushi's seventh-year undergraduate Bluto or the other characters in his Delta House fraternity crew, is yet to be announced.

Coincidentally, Belushi's pal Dan Aykroyd told "Showbiz Tonight" that the actor and comic legend probably would've been involved in Broadway productions himself, had he lived.


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  1. dan

    Umm....Where do you go to school?!

    March 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eric Stratton, Rush Chairman

    Flounder: "I can't believe I threw up in front of Dean Wormer."

    "Flounder, you threw up ON Dean Wormer!"

    March 8, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. minnyhockey

    Can we dance wif yo dates?

    March 8, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. nitrous

    The best reason not to go see this inevitable debacle.

    March 8, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. mmi16

    Certainly thinking outside the box.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Thatguy371

    as of this moment, they're on DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION!

    March 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The Ghost of Bear Bryant

    "Nothing is over until we decide it is."

    March 7, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TRH

    Samurai Choreographer...!!!!!

    March 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. PPJr

    Seems like Belushi is the main (if not the only) reason to watch this movie. Without him, the Animal House is pretty much nothing.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. d-day

    I think I am due to watch the movie again. Regardless what posters here say, John would be really happy about this. A true comedic genius.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sam

    If they had to make Animal House into a musicial the producers could have done a whole lot worse than Barenaked Ladies. One of their older songs, "Alcohol", would be a good fit here. Those of you who have heard the song know what I mean.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Film Buff

    Beyond lame.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Simon562

    Dean Wormer: "Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son".

    March 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ron

    Why would anyone want to desecrate one of the great film comedies of all time and try to turn it into a freakin' Broadway musical? Guess money always trumps art. Sad, isn't it?

    March 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JLS639

      It was over the top, ensemble cast, stereotype characters and subordinated realism to style at every opportunity. It is perfect for a musical. It even had a musical number. Remember "I Gave My Love a Cherry"?

      March 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chaz

    so when will this musical be over?

    insert Bluto speech here

    March 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Grumpster

    This is just WRONG!!! Will one of the songs be "give me 10,000 marbles please?"

    March 7, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  17. Dr. Loomis

    "My advice to you is to start drinking heavily."

    -Bluto

    March 7, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  18. dragonwife1

    Bluto would definitely have approved of bare, naked ladies! :-)

    March 7, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      Especially if he was on a rickety ladder and she was standing in front of the window with her hand in a very delicate place!

      March 8, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  19. JPolo

    Best Band Ever!!!! They will do a great job

    March 7, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  20. humberto

    gone with the wind

    March 7, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  21. Hammer

    This is awesome news, they will do an amazing job!

    March 7, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  22. Guest

    Id find better things to do If I had a million dollars

    March 6, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  23. TL

    Barenaked Ladies = Pack-of-Retards.

    March 6, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aroz

      Can't argue with the brilliant logic of this critique.

      March 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JEM

      Are you still mad because you realized they weren't a group of actual bare naked ladies?

      March 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • TLSux

      TL=Retard and loser.

      March 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      I used to work for a pizza place that supplied concessions for a local university. Barenaked Ladies performed there one time and he got all excited because there was going to be a "nudie show" in the basketball arena. He was very disappointed when he found out they were a band with no ladies in it (naked or otherwise...)

      March 8, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • griglager

      Truer words were never spoken. I'd rather listen to paint dry than BNL

      March 8, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  24. Samantha

    NOOOO! THIS IS BLASPHEMY!

    March 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |

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