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Madonna Meets Blondie in Musical Version of Desperately Seeking Susan

I used to have a theory that girls who grew up in the '80s identified with either the punk style of Blondie's Debbie Harry or the slick sexiness of Madonna. Now, the two are colliding in an intriguing way: Madonna's 1985 comedy Desperately Seeking Susan is being made into a musical featuring the songs of Blondie. The project is set to premiere this fall in London.

No, Madonna won't be a part of it (an actress named Emma Williams will play the role of Susan, while Kelly Price will take on Rosanna Arquette's character, Roberta) — but Debbie Harry will be all over it. According to Playbill, "One Way or Another" and "The Tide is High" will be among the Blondie songs woven into the show, and Harry is writing a new song for the production.

Until I reread the plot summary, I didn't realize Roberta's last name was Glass — so I guess that explains how "Heart of Glass" will fit in. In case you've forgotten how the movie goes, here's Playbill's summary:

Roberta Glass, a suburban New Jersey housewife, escapes her humdrum life by reading the personal ads placed by Susan, a street-smart New York City drifter, and her freewheeling boyfriend Jay. Through a quirky twist of fate, Roberta and Susan unexpectedly swap lives and are plunged into a madcap world of jewel heists, magic shows and rock 'n' roll.

A musical theater version of this story certainly has the potential to be awful, but it's such a weird concept that I think it could turn out awesome. What do you think?

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sashak sashak 10 years
oh, & I love Blondie to death too. Pleasure overload! :D
sashak sashak 10 years
I LOVE THAT MOVIE!! ok, sorry to yell. This is how lame I am: the song that is playing is Susan's boyfriend's van when he drives off is Lust for Life & Roberta's husband's name is Gary & he is a hot tub salesman. :nerdgirl: why do I remember that & nothing about logarithms?
craving_vintage craving_vintage 10 years
Sounds interesting.
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
Good question, swwonder! The stories I've read have only mentioned Blondie songs so far.
swwonder swwonder 10 years
hmm interesting. Will it just be Blondie songs or will there still be a couple Madonna songs be thrown in for good measure?
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
Huh! This is interesting and different than normal movies to musicals.
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