Friday Night Lights was a book, then a movie, then an Emmy-winning television show. There was an actual football game in there, too. But now it’s being turned into a live musical, with a familiar face as Coach Taylor. The Unauthorized Friday Night Lights Musical, from the same people behind The Unauthorized O.C. Musical and the awkwardly-titled The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Cruel Intentions, will stage next year in Los Angeles. And Jason Street himself, Scott Porter, will sing and dance as Coach Taylor, who’s never sung or danced in his life. This should be interesting.
Here’s Porter proving he’s got the clear-eyed chops to play Coach.
No one can match Kyle Chandler’s quiet intensity — especially when it comes to turning off your goddamn cell phone at the movie theater — but Porter’s no slouch. Judging by this recap of The O.C. production, the musical has the characters singing existing songs, like Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” and, of course, “The Sound of Settling” by Death Cab for Cutie. This is bad news for people who want to hear Musical Saracen sing “Gone Grandma Gone,” but it’s good news for Explosions In the Sky and Crucifictorious. Theater kids and speed metalheads, together at last.