Team StarKid EXCLUSIVE: Preview the cover songs of their new ‘Aladdin’ parody ‘Twisted’
Internet sensation Team StarKid has teamed up with Andrew Fox and Stacks of Wax Production to create an album of pop covers of songs from StarKid’s latest production, an Aladdin parody called 'Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier.'
The aptly named ‘Twisted: Twisted' features four reimagined songs from the score, including a pop-punk version of the Princess's “I Want” song, ’90s r&b takes on the show's two love ballads (think Peabo Bryson's “A Whole New World”), and a jazz a cappella arrangement of one of the show's big group numbers, as well as four original demos recorded by the show's songwriters A.J. Holmes and Kaley McMahon. Featured artists include veteran Starkid performers Britney Coleman and Carlos Valdes, singer Andrea Ross, and jazz vocalists Cluster.
Starkid has announced that the album will release this weekend.
And check out an exclusive video clip of Carlos Valdes and Britney Coleman recording some of the audio you heard above:
Basically, they’re trying to avoid drawing more attention and free publicity onto the film. Works out for both parties I suppose, though it would be interesting to see how a lawsuit would play out. Is ‘Tomorrow’ enough parody to fall under Fair Use?
Directed by John Lee Hancock, written by Kelly Marcel, starring Tom Hanks, Ruth Wilson, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson, Paul Giamatti, Rachel Griffiths, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford and BJ Novak.
Warning, the trailer is very plot heavy. Obviously, we all know the outcome (Walt gets the movie made), but the structure of the movie seems to be coming through in what is essentially a 2.5 min recap of the film. Doesn’t look that bad though.
Disney Theatrical Prods. has quietly initiated early explorations of a live stage show featuring the Muppets, commencing late last month with a short but elaborate presentation directed by Alex Timbers.
The brief showcase, staged May 31 at Disney’s New Amsterdam Theater for a group of DTP staffers and a handful of others connected to the potential project, incorporated a handful of sets and more than 85 Muppets in an experiment intended to reveal whether it would even be feasible to present the Muppets in a live theatrical context, juggling puppetry needs with audience sightlines and all the other physical demands of legit theater.
“It was a test of concept,” said Thomas Schumacher, producer and prexy of Disney Theatrical. With the focus on the tech requirements of such an endeavor, a short selection of pre-existing Muppet material was performed. (Yes, Kermit sang “Rainbow Connection.”)