The Flinstones on Broadway

And you thought the live action movies were the end of it? Think again!

I don’t know how I missed this news item buried in a story about writer Marco Pennette (Ugly Betty) in Daily Variety last Tuesday:

Pennette also is expanding to stage: Scribe is close to signing on to write the book for a musical based on “The Flintstones.” The legit production, aimed at Broadway, will come from Warner Bros. Theater Ventures. Pennette was brought in by Jeff Marx, who’s writing the music and lyrics with Jake Anthony. Gary Griffin is directing. Pennette’s script will rely on contemporary issues: Wilma, for example, mulls leaving Fred because he still acts too much like a caveman and hasn’t adapted to more modern ways. Barney and Betty tackle fertility issues before deciding to adopt. Musical will also tackle global warming — but in this case, as “The Flintstones” takes place before the ice age, the characters will confront “global cooling.”

Broadway has truly run of of ideas.


  • http://www.awprunes.blogspot.com/ Larry Levine

    A Flintstones script involving divorce, infertility, global crisis? Where’s Warren Foster when you need him???

  • http://craigseggs.blogspot.com/ Craig D.

    Yabba-Dadda-DON’T!

  • Angry Anim

    I’ve always hated it whenever anyone dresses as a character from The Flintstones. Human proportions just don’t work…it makes that lepoard skin cloth feel like it stretches on for miles.

    The View-Master 3D set-ups from the 60′s have shown how completely expressive and appealing these characters can be in three dimentions. If Warner’s feels like it needs to re-invent the wheel, I would rather they try that.

  • Gillian

    Broadway hasn’t run out of ideas, it just goes with what sells.

    There are three or four Disney productions currently there because most people like Disney. It’s good for groups of tourist families.

    If you want Broadway to put out more creative shows, start buying tickets for them.

  • Jay Taylor

    Boy, don’t you just love how they always feel like they have to “modernize” these things?

  • http://justforspite.blogspot.com Gene Hole

    “global cooling”? so they’re turning Flintstones into Henson’s Dinosaurs?

  • http://goldenagecartoons.com Matthew Hunter

    I just wonder how they plan to adapt Dino, Babypuss, Hopperoo and the “appliances” for a stage show. Sounds like this is gonna sink like a…rock.

  • Keith Paynter

    Jay Taylor says: Boy, don’t you just love how they always feel like they have to “modernize” these things?

    Well, after all, they are the modern stone-age family…

    That said, don’t expect me to get off my couch for it.

  • http://www.human-dog.com Chris Weagel

    Having just finished the epic, three volume novelization of the Laff-A-Lympics this comes as fantastic news! I hope they hire Nathan Lane just to make that running foot noise.

    (This site has a great, remastered version of the Laff-A-Lympics Theme Song for you completists out there: http://www.scoobydooweloveyou.com/laff.html)

  • http://tangoland.com Cynthia

    “Wilma, for example, mulls leaving Fred because he still acts too much like a caveman and hasn’t adapted to more modern ways. Barney and Betty tackle fertility issues before deciding to adopt.”

    Boy, that sounds like fun! I’m in line.

  • OM

    …Makes one wonder if they’ll answer the question once and for all as to which one was infertile: Barney or Betty.

  • Jack

    Hanna-Barbera’s catalog would not be lionized on Broadway had they never been purchased by Time-Warner in 1997.

  • precode

    Hey, if they can turn LES MISERABLES, TITANIC, CARRIE and EXODUS into musicals, this doesn’t seem so far-fetched.

    Shuler Hensley would make a great Fred.

  • zavkram

    “The Great Gazoo” looks very creepy in that accompanying pic!

  • Chuck R.

    “Barney and Betty tackle fertility issues before deciding to adopt.”

    As an adoptive father, I urge The Rubbles to look into adopting from China. They can solve their family issues without invasive treatments, and be the first to introduce Peking Man to the Western world.