With all the movies coming to Broadway lately – from Bring It On to Ghost to Carrie – highly acclaimed TV shows can’t be far behind, right? Consider no TV drama safe from the musical treatment – or at least via Funny or Die videos. The latest from the comedy website turns HBO’s The Wire into a spectacle of song and dance.
Some of the show’s cast members reprise their roles in the video, including Michael Kenneth Williams (brought to the stage with a chorus of “Omar’s coming. Omar’s coming. Omar’s coming!”), Sonja Sohn, Larry Gillard Jr., Andrew Royo and Felicia “Snoop” Pearson. Gillard Jr. returns to a memorable scene from The Wire’s first season, teaching Wallace and Bodie about chess and drug deals with all the subtlety of music and metaphor.
The voiceover declares that you can now “experience The Wire’s realistic portrayal of America’s decaying inner cities through the magic of song!” Plus the magic of dance — there’s even ribbon dancing with prop guns.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Does this satisfy your lingering The Wire withdrawal even a little? Anyone think Williams has a career on Broadway ahead of him?