Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 16th, 2009
“Creature From the Black Lagoon” has risen from the depths of the Amazon — and B-movie lore — and metamorphosed into a new rock ‘n’ roll show at Universal Studios Hollywood.
The original “Creature From the Black Lagoon” was released by Universal in 1954 at the height of the 3-D and horror movie craze. Directed by Jack Arnold and starring Richard Carlson, Julia Adams and Richard Denning, the cult classic revolved around a geology expedition to the Amazon that discovers a mysterious amphibious “Gill-man” (Ben Chapman on land, Ricou Browning in the water) who falls in love with Kay (Adams), the beautiful girlfriend of one of the scientists.
The film proved so popular that it spawned two sequels: “Revenge of the Creature” and “The Creature Walks Among Us.”
The 25-minute musical attraction, which opened July 1 at Universal, has been updated for the 21st century with some mildly racy jokes and sexual innuendoes….
Universal has announced that a new film version, penned and produced by Gary Ross (“Seabiscuit”), son of Arthur A. Ross, one of the original film’s writers, is in development.
“It’s a different time,” says the 82-year-old Adams, who saw the show last
week. Still, she notes, “It’s amazing the life this film has had.”
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Adams believes the secret to the enduring popularity of “Creature” is the fact that “we have empathy for the creature. As Ben Chapman used to say, ‘the mortals invaded his territory. He didn’t come after us.’ “
Be prepared. The rock musical’s Creature sings. Also, the most impressive stage creation during the show is the massive puppet (23 1/2 feet tall, 32 feet wide) of the Gill-man that appears at the program’s conclusion.
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