A celebration of the music of Billy Joel in Broadway. This is part of the emerging trend. If I get it right, Mamma Mia! started this one. It was a salute to the musical genius of ABBA, which show started running since 1999. It was not only in Broadway, but also adapted for the big screen.
Then there was We Will Rock You, another musical adaptation of the rock band Queen in 2002. And then around the same time, this came up. Billy Joel’s music in a musical.
WIKI: Conceived by Twyla Tharp, the musical tells the story of a generation of American youth growing up on Long Island during the 1960s and their experiences with the Vietnam War. The principal characters are drawn from those who appeared in various Joel tunes: high school sweethearts Brenda and Eddie (“Scenes from an Italian Restaurant“), James (“James”), Judy (“Why Judy Why”), and Tony (Anthony in “Movin’ Out“). The show is unusual in that, unlike the traditional musical, it essentially is a series of dances linked by a thin plot, and none of the dancers sing. All the vocals are performed by a pianist and band suspended on a platform above the stage while the dancers act out the songs dialogue, making the show, in essence, a rock ballet.
Listening to its soundtrack is good enough, but watching this ‘rock ballet’ would be something. The soundtrack doesn’t include some of his biggest hits and best songs like My Life, She’s Always A Woman, Piano Man, to name a few.