Jon and Al Kaplan are geniuses. This is plain and simple truth.
After rising to fame in 2003 with their brutally funny Silence: The Musical, an adaptation of The Silence of the Lambs set to show tunes, the brothers have had a successful career providing music to a variety of film and television projects. On the side, though, the two have continued to work on their own projects — including a musical adaption of the second season of 24.
In the last few months, though, the Kaplans have been gifting humanity with a taste of what could be their latest long-form project — a musical journey through the filmography of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It began about a month ago with the posting of Total Recall: The Musical — a melodic ballad sung from the perspective of Douglas Quaid.
What could have been a nice stand-alone treat celebrating the 20th anniversary of Paul Verhooven’s film turned out to be just the first in what is hopefully a long series of Schwarzenneger film-inspired musicals. Conan: The Musical is the latest baby to be born out of the Kaplan brother’s collective creative juices.
I can’t wait to see what comes next from these two very talented musicians. For more of their music (including songs from Seven: The Musical and RoboCop: The Musical) check out their website at www.jonandal.com.
Robert Saucedo is an avid movie watcher with seriously poor sleeping habits. The Mikey from Life cereal of film fans, Robert will watch just about anything — good, bad or ugly. He has written about film for newspapers, radio and online for the last 10 years. This has taken a toll on his sanity — of that you can be sure. Follow him on Twitter at @robsaucedo2500.
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