Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Why Do You Hate Me, Elvis Costello?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Elvis Costello. I've purchased your multiple reissues. I've paid not-cheap ticket prices to see you live. I've purchased your various vanity projects and shelved them right next to your albums that I actually enjoy. I thought I'd never see a day where I was more disappointed in you than when you married soft-jazz hack Diana Krall, but our relationship has hit a new low [bold added for emphasis]:

Casey Nicholaw, who co-directed The Book of Mormon as well as the stage version of Elf, is in talks to direct the Austin Powers musical being developed by Mike Myers and Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.

Colin Callender, the former HBO Films president whose run included the acclaimed Band of Brothers and Angels in America, and partner Sonia Friedman are producing the musical, which will be set to the music of Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello.

Sure, the Austin Powers musical might still happen without the music of Costello and Bacharach, but that doesn't mean you're actually obligated to participate. The world does not need to hear an all-singing/all-dancing version of a movie franchise based on fart jokes and bad teeth. Why, Elvis? Why?

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