Cabaret portrays the rise of the Nazi party in the Weimar republic. Les Miserables is set against the French revolution. Now, Pan’s Labyrinth, the musical, is to portray fascist Spain. Seems that misery and melody make good bedfellows.
And yes, I did say “Pan’s Labyrinth, the musical.”
Guillermo Del Toro has been working away on a stage adaptation of his original film for some time, writing the book for the show with Jeremy Ungar, a director and writer for both screen and stage. That’s cool but it gets better: quite amazingly, Deadline are reporting that the songs are going to have lyrics by Paul Williams.
Williams repertoire includes the songs for The Muppet Movie, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Phantom of the Paradise, Bugsy Malone… quite the CV, really. At the foot of this post is a trailer for Paul Williams is Still Alive, a recent documentary that should impress his charm upon you quite quickly.
Collaborating with Williams, writing the music for his words, is Gustavo Santaolalla, two-time Oscar winner for his Brokeback Mountain and Babel scores.
Del Toro explained his choice of lyricist and composer:
I admire and love Gustavo and Paul wrote the perfect album in Phantom Of The Paradise, which I have loved for decades.
Good enough reason for me. The three of them - Santaolalla, Williams, Del Toro – are all also working together on songs for a Mexican Day of the Dead musical toon (note: not the Pixar one). Also sounds great – in exactly the same way, really.
What we don’t know about the Pan’s Labyrinth show, yet, is who will be directing, where it will premiere, or indeed when. It’s certainly going to be a little way off, then.