So... There's a Fast and the Furious Musical...
I've seen weirder ideas...
There have been musicals of a lot of things related to popular culture over the years. Shrek, Legally Blonde, Green Day's American Idiot, the music of Abba & Queen, you name it! But this one definitely takes the cake of being the weirdest of the bunch. "The Fast and the Furious: A Musical Parody" was premiered on 28th September at Dynasty Typewriter, a venue on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles. The show is, as per its description, an "unauthorized parody that is in no way connected to the very profitable Universal property" and promised that we would "join Dominic on an existential journey inward where he confronts life’s hard questions: What does it mean to be a good person? Does the rightness or wrongness of an action depend on its consequence, or whether it fulfils the categorical imperative? Why can’t you marry a car?"
Could you imagine Vin Diesel and Paul Walker... singing in a stage musical?
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find any footage or recordings of the show. This is a bit of a shame, considering the premise of a staged musical revolving around something involving cars could actually be quite interesting! The biggest question I have is how you'd be able to get cars on a stage yet still leave enough room for performers to... well... perform. It's not unknown for cars to be used as part of a concert experience - you only have to look at Drake flying his LaFerrari through the air, for instance, or Kendrick Lamar's performance at the 2018 BRIT Awards that involved a Lamborghini Avendator inside a huge glass case. Stormzy even once rode on top of a police car during a TV performance! However, these were big budget productions in big venues. Doing a stage show involving cars on the stage in a smaller venue would make things a bit more difficult, to say the least!
Would we get some serious bars from Idris Elba?
The world of parody musicals is a very niche subgenre. Would many fans of something like The Fast & The Furious want to see a show like that? I doubt that most of them would. From what I can tell at least, there certainly haven't been any repeat performances booked. Still, though, the idea of taking a beloved film franchise that heavily involves cars and putting it on a stage in front of a live audience is a concept that doesn't fail to perk up the curiosity of many of us, even if that curiosity is somewhat along the lines of "this can't work, surely?"