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03.01.10 16 Comments

If you’re a comedy dork or even just a regular dork, chances are you have fond memories of 1988’s A Fish Called Wanda, starring Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis, and most of the Monty Python guys.  Well now John Cleese and his daughter Camilla are turning it into a musical. I normally hate musicals, but this one seems like one I might be able to watch without catching “the gay.”

The Python legend is looking to debut the project in San Diego [at the La Jolla Playhouse on the campus of my alma mater, UCSD, I believe…], then move it on to Broadway and London’s West End.
“We’ve just completed the book for the musical of A Fish Called Wanda and I’m pleased that Camilla hasn’t completely stolen all of my dignity in writing so brilliantly. She’s left me a few scraps to hang onto to keep me warm at night.”
‘Soon, we’ll start to work on the songs for the show with Bill Bailey, who, among his many achievements, is an honourary member of the Society of Crematorium Organists. This musical is destined to be a hit amongst funeral directors.’ [Empire]

I like how musical playwrights call their scripts “books.”  I think that’s so they can finish writing a collection of super gay show tunes and be able to tell their parents, “Look, mom and dad, I wrote… um, a book!”

Also: “Camilla Cleese” is the unsexiest porn name I’ve ever heard.

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