I never expected to find theatre reviews on historian/documentarian Jason Scott’s website, but this morning I was treated to a firsthand recounting of the off-Broadway production of The Last Starfighter: The Musical. Jason strongly recommends the production, and his synopsis is a fun read.
While spending an ultimately disastrous weekend at my family estate in North Carolina, I flipped channels and saw some of the film The Last Starfighter on HBO, complete with Robert Preston. I thought, “Wow, a movie with Robert Preston that’s been turned into an off-Broadway musical!” I then flipped to a second HBO channel to find Victor/Victoria. I thought, “Wow, a movie with Robert Preston that’s been turned into a Broadway musical!” Someone in charge of scheduling at HBO was having fun.
I then wondered if they were ever going to make a musical out of that other Robert Preston movie. You know, the one with the pool halls? That librarian? Balzac?
Nah, you’ve got to draw the line with these remakes somewhere.