I Am Legend: The Musical?
Could SBS drama I Am Legend be turned into a musical? It looks like Legend‘s production company, A Story, is looking to produce a Mamma Mia-style musical, with pop-rock songs based on the drama.
The drama is flying high right now with fan love and heaps of critical praise, not only for the acting and musical performances, but for the original songs, composed by music director Lee Jae-hak. The 13 original songs are getting a lot of attention and will be the foundation of the musical, if the stars align.
The story for the potential theatrical version is still undecided, as it could easily be a remake of the drama’s storyline, or diverge while using the same songs and characters. I can’t really say I’d prefer one over the other, as the drama is only three weeks in, and I have no idea how far into the band’s relative success they’ll go. If it continues the way it has, staying a small underdog story (of which I’m a fan), then there’s potential for the musical to take the story beyond that. Although I have to say, I’d love to see the divorce court proceedings done in song. How hilarious would that be?
Mamma Mia! is being touted as an example not just for the genre of music, but for its success in Korea. The musical debuted in Korea in 2004, and in 114 shows, it reached over 200,000 people. Legend has a similar pop-rock sensibility with catchy tunes, which the producers are banking on to transition well into a musical.
Musical renditions of dramas are fairly rare. There have been talks of musical versions of Dae Jang Geum, Queen Seon-duk, Coffee Prince, Goong, and Iljimae, but basing a musical on shows that aren’t musically-grounded makes the process difficult to get off the ground. Legend seems poised to hit the right market for a theater-going audience, especially since live performances by the show’s band have been popular as well.
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