I guess if your film fails the only logical step is to make it a musical, or so thinks Joe Eszterhas. Joe not only wrote the films screenplay, but is now hard at work on adapting it to the stage. The musical version of Showgirls will soon be appearing on stage in, appropriately enough, Las Vegas.
The 1995 film tells the story of Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley, in an obvious attempt to distance herself from the teeny bopper character she had played on TV’s Saved By the Bell), a tempermental and frequently naked young woman who claws her way to the top of the Vegas Showgirl profession. Eszterhas is well aware of the flim’s shortcomings. New York Magazine quotes him as saying, “It’s a movie that I wish I’d have written differently, and I wish would have been cast differently.” This new musical version “celebrates the over-the-top and campy nature of the piece.”