Friday, August 15, 2008

MD Poll: Once More With Feeling

A lot of heads were scratched upon the recent news of a sequel to last year's musical hit Hairspray. Most wondered, "A sequel? To a musical???"

Sure, musical sequels aren't as common as those to sci-fi flicks, fantasy epics and superhero sagas, but they are not totally unheard of, either. As far back as the 1930's, the studios were cranking out their Gold Digger and Broadway Melody series, and even Gentlemen Prefer Blondes begat Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (granted, all of these were sequels in name/theme only). In more recent decades, Funny Girl begat Funny Lady and Grease spawned Grease 2, not to mention the ever-burgeoning High School Musical franchise. And on stage, there has been the likes of Bring Back Birdie, Annie Warbucks, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and, soon, Phantom: Once Upon Another Time.

So all this sequel talk got me to thinking: what other movie musicals have a "part 2" in them previously untapped? Could Roxie and Velma strut their stuff again for a Chicago 2? Would Babs return one more time for Funny Old Lady? How about a modern take on old classic -- Gold Diggers of 2008, starring Paris, Nicole, Lindsay and Britney? And would anyone want to see Grandma Mia!?

Place your tongue firmly in cheek and place your vote for the proposed movie musical sequel you would like to see in the MD Poll located in the sidebar. To see which II (or III) is tops, tune back here in two weeks.

UPDATE: This poll is now closed; click here for the results, and click here to vote in the latest MD Poll.

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