Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Cast & Creator of 'The Wire' talk about the musical

Andre Royo (Bubbles) in a scene from The Wire: The Musical

'The Wire: The Musical' is getting almost as much attention as 'The Wire: The TV Show.' A musical spoof of the HBO drama series has made its debut on the site Funny Or Die.

The show's cast appears in the clip, which features a mock song-and-dance adaptation of the gritty series about urban life and the drug war.

Among those taking part are Michael Kenneth Williams, Sonja "Kima" Sohn, Andre "Bubbles" Royo, Felicia "Snoop" Pearson and Larry "D'Angelo" Gillard Junior.

From David Simon, creator of The Wire
I woke up this morning to an email from Michael K. Williams, with this video linked  Hilarious.  Just great. 
Felicia’s turn alone is worth the time.  Ya hair look good, Snoop. 
Someone hand me a burner and Sondheim’s number.
David Simon's blog June 5, 2012


Funny or Die Presents The Wire: The Musical 
Cast of the gritty series return for comedic video 
 June 5, 2012
Four years after ending its run, can you imagine the classic series The Wire being rethought and revisited as — of all things — a musical?

The comedy website Funny or Die has teamed with Michael K. Williams’s Freedome Productions to produce a hilarious Broadway-esque version of the gritty cable show about Baltimore’s drug scene.

“I flew down, had a production meeting [with Funny or Die],” explained Williams, “and the first thing they pitched was The Wire: The Musical. I was like, 'Okay, we gotta do that.'”

Beloved for its honest, nuanced, and thorough portrayal of the drug game — and how it affects all corners of a community — The Wire, with its deadly serious subject matter, was, Williams felt, ripe for a comedic look back.
“You gotta laugh at it sometimes,” says Williams. “I mean, to get through life and the hardships we all live through you have to find humor in all the darkness.”

Along with characters like the feared (and gay) stick-up artist Omar (Williams), other Wire figures like lesbian detective “Kima” Greggs (Sonja Sohn), the lovable crack addict Bubbles (Andre Royo) and the murderous hit woman Snoop (Felicia Pearson) enjoy melodic cameos in this production which was inspired by stage classics like Guys & DollsBig River,Chicago and Les Miserables.

With angelic needles, dancing cops and a beautiful Snoop dolled-up in a flowing wig, makeup and a beautiful dress, the hilarity of The Wire: The Musical also lay in the ill-tuned voices of the cast.

“I did my own singing,” Arroyo admitted, laughing. “I took a page out of today’s R&B and hip hop… and told them to throw a little Auto-Tune in there. Try to make some money and be radio-friendly.”

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