Imagine it . . . Bill and
Ted: The Musical.
Think it couldn't happen?
Well, it already did!
Yes, it's true . . . there has
been a stage musical based on Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure!
Well, sort of . . .
Let us explain . . . .
It was in 1992 that Dean
Collinson, a singer, songwriter and actor, first saw the Bill and Ted movies and
set about to write a musical version of our favorite movies with his writing
partners Mick Walsh and Gene Jacobs. In October 1998, Dean Collinson would
win the Vivien Ellis Award for Best New Musical Composer for the music to Bill
& Ted's Excellent Musical Adventure.
Photos from www.deancollinson.com
The musical seems to have
been staged at least a couple of times, once as a three week run during the
Edinburgh Festival at the venue The Pleasance in Scotland. The other was a
condensed version on May 4, 2000 as part of a program called "Musical
Futures" at the Greenwich Theatre in London. At
the Greenwich Theatre the original cast was comprised of Mark Powell (as Bill,
see photo above), Norman Bowman (as Ted, see photo above), John Wilder, Katie Night
Adams, Lewis Griffis, Gerard Bentall, Jo Gatt, Jeff Crosland and Gene Jacobs.
This presentation was choreographed by Vicki Coote and directed by Suzanne Rigden.
At the Edinburgh Festival the part of The Grim Reaper was played by Philip
Clayton Smith. Another internet source states that Genghis Khan was played
by Tobin Saunders, possibly at Edinburgh. Both shows were performed to
enthusiastic sold out audiences!
A soundtrack CD was recorded
by Glenn Carter and Dean Collinson and features the creative 80's style music
which is featured in the show. Highlights from the musical book include
Don't Surrender (a hauntingly beautiful song about friendship which Dean would
also use in another musical he wrote called Tomorrow Never Knows) and A
Little Bit of You, a love song in which Bill and Ted profess their love to the
Princess Babes. Other songs like Relax! and A Soldier's Heart capture the
style and feel of the 80's perfectly and help set the show in that time frame.
At this time there are no
solid plans to stage the musical again (licensing rights have not been worked
out) but it's intriguing to know this musical version of the films does exist
and has been performed!
Click here to read the script for the show!
Courtesy of the Glenn Carter Fan Club - clicking the
above line will prompt you to open or save a .doc file