by Dan Gibson
It might be a coincidence, but the broadcast of the Tony Awards on CBS had their lowest ratings in 21 years just one day before one Broadway producer announced that she was moving forward with a terrible idea:
Producer Dianne Fraser has acquired stage rights to Gilligan’s Island: The Musical, and she plans to launch the show on Broadway, banking on the idea that the audience for the iconic TV show will want to see the characters brought to the stage.
It’s based on the classic 1960s series with a book that was written by series creator Sherwood Schwartz and his son Lloyd, with a score by Schwartz’s daughter Hope and her husband Laurence Juber, a guitarist-composer. Schwartz, who also created The Brady Bunch, passed away last year, but not before the show was road-tested in small theaters across the country. It’s very similar to the format of the original show, with Gilligan, the Skipper, The Howells, Ginger, Maryanne and the Professor stranded on an island. They’ve added another character: an alien....
“It’s the type of show where you can stunt cast with movie stars to play the Howells, Ginger, even the Professor,” she said. “Maybe an American Idol contestant to play Gilligan, to open up the show.”
Before you ask, this isn't a story from a Broadway version of The Onion. Someone is actually trying to raise money for a all-singing-and-dancing Broadway show that adds an alien to the Gilligan's Island formula.