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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.