Things to do on Broadway when your Dead
March 29, 2007
What do you do when you’re a former “It” boy, you got fired from your last television show, your new one is failing, and you seem to have no concept of being funny? If you’re Aaron Sorkin you decide to make a musical out of the Flaming Lip’s album Yoshimi Battles Pink Robots! I guess I should be excited…? This news probably means that Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (or, in French, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) probably isn’t going to get picked up for a second season (or, in English, “series”). Despite the many failings of Studio 60 (see, for instance, here, here, and here) we here at Yesterday’s Salad are noted admirers of Mr. Sorkin’s earlier work; some of the Saladeers are even members in the Yahoo! Group “West Wing Enthusiasts.” I’d like to see the show stay on a little longer to see if it can convert its many strengths into a good show.
On the other hand…my first reaction to hearing that Aaron Sorkin was going to make a musical out of Yoshimi was that Sorkin, full of hubris, would probably be writing all new music for the show. He’s probably also planning on turning the Pink Robots into allegories for the right to privacy.
Is this the right career move for Mr. Sorkin? I’m not sure. Here’s a list of a few projects I think Sorkin should consider.
1) Staffwriter for 30 Rock. The NBC Sketch shows combine!
2) Creator of the new TV show “Nations.”
3) Journalist for Rolling Stone magazine, 1976-1979. Get to meet the Clash, Chrissie Hynde, Sex Pistols, David Byrne. Get tons of free records.
4) Archivist for the His Majesty, The King of Belgium.
5) Saladeer. Because everyone deserves the chance to address their critics head-on.
Also, a special bonus list: 5 things that absolutely should not be turned into musicals by Aaron Sorkin.
1) David Lynch’s Lost Highway. Because only Olga Neuwirth may turn it into an opera.
2) Iron Chef America. It’s hard to resist the temptation sometimes.
3) Franco Moretti’s Atlas of the European Novel. I’m only mentioning this because I forgot to include it on my list of my most favoritest criticism. Really phenomenal.
4) The Book of Jonah.
5) Yesterday’s Salad. Serious drama only.