Less than a year after Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark opened on Broadway, wowing audiences and putting cast members in traction, fans get word that another comic book property will be getting the musical treatment. No, it’s not Captain America: The Star Spangled Man. Think something more…elementary.
That’s right. Daniel Corey’s hit series Moriarty, based on the diabolically genius arch-nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, Professor James Moriarty, is being primed to become a musical. Though there aren’t many details concerning the stage performance, the show will be loosely based on The Dark Chamber. See the press release for all of the currently available details.
Announced at the 2012 Image Comics Expo, Daniel Corey is partnering with composer Raymond Schnurr to create a new stage musical based on the Image Comics series Moriarty, written by Daniel Corey and illustrated by Anthony Diecidue.
Currently titled Moriarty, the stage musical will be loosely based on the first story arc of the Moriarty series, Moriarty: The Dark Chamber. Corey will be writing the story while Schnurr – who is also currently scoring We Can Get It For You Wholesale for Neil Gaiman – will be composing the music. Corey and Schnurr will collaborate together on the lyrics. Like the comic, Moriarty the stage musical will be a very gritty and dark piece with a sense of high adventure. The music will be based in hard rock, and the staging style will be a cousin to shows such as Les Misérables, Sweeny Todd and Phantom of the Opera.
“I am very excited to be collaborating with Ray on the upcoming Moriarty stage musical,” states creator Daniel Corey. “Ray is very in tune with the sort of storytelling style and sensibility that Anthony and I have worked so hard to convey with this series. This show will be epic in scale, and Ray’s music will bring that extra level of dynamite that will be sure to knock the audience into the abyss where the Professor resides. It will be a dark journey, but an exciting and entertaining one.”
Raymond Schnurr adds, “When I read Moriarty for the first time, I was riveted. I contacted Daniel immediately and said, ‘Let’s turn this into a kick-ass musical!’ I am excited to work with Daniel and create a musical as intelligent and exhilarating as his comic book series!”
Moriarty: The Dark Chamber, Vol. 1 TP (JUL110470, ISBN: 978-1-60706-450-3), a 128-page full-color paperback for $14.99, is available in all fine books stores and comic book retailers (www.comicshoplocator.com).
Moriarty: The Lazarus Tree, Vol. 2 TP (JAN120526, ISBN: 978-1-60706-490-9), a 136-page full-color paperback, will be on sale in stores March 14th for $14.99 and is available to order in the January 2012 edition of Diamond Previews.
Though not the first musical based on the characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this is certainly exciting for comic book fans. Personally, I stand firmly behind any project that brings the comic stories to the forefront of pop culture. And short of a big screen movie, which is sure to get lost in the shuffle of Guy Richie and Robert Downey Jr.’s latest outings, creating a musical is a stroke of artistic genius. I cannot wait for more news to arise concerning this project. You can be sure that when it does, we here at Comic Booked will be bringing it to you.