Adaptation #71: Two Sides to Every Twisted Tale

header071The hosts have their fair share of laughing fits while discussing the new Starkid musical Twisted, a retelling of Disney’s Aladdin… among other tales. With elements from Wicked, One Thousand and One Nights, and some real life Disney/Pixar happenings, this was the perfect story for Team Starkid to tell and might just be our favorite musical yet.

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For similar adaptations, check out our episodes on Frozen, Epic, Once Upon a Time, Snow White and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.


Opening Music: Dream a Little Harder by The Cast of Twisted

Closing Music: A Thousand and One Nights by Dylan Saunders and Meredith Stepien

both from the Twisted soundtrack


Inside Llewyn Davis

-Dec 20 (US), Jan 24 (UK)

-Based on The Mayor of MacDougal Street by Dave Van Ronk

Other News:

Catching Fire fans should check out Meet the Filmmaker with Francis Lawrence for his views on the ‘love triangle,’ and his brilliant shut down of the interviewer.

-I have a theory about Frozen… maybe The Snow Queen was the twisted tale.

Main Discussion

Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier

-Script by: Matt Lang, Nick Lang and Eric Kahn Gale

-Lyrics by: Kaley Mc Mahon

-Music by: AJ Holmes

-Directed by Brian Holden

-Starring: Dylan Saunders, Jeff Blim, Rachael Soglin, Meredith Stepien, Joe Walker, Nick Gage, Jim Povolo, Lauren Lopez, Jaime Lyn Beatty, Denise Donovan, Robert Manion and Alex Paul

-Performed originally in July 2013 in Chicago

-A parody/retelling of Disney’s Aladdin

–which is adapted from one of the tales told by Sheherazade’s in 1001 Nights

—which was not actually added to the collection until the 18th century, but is supposedly an old Middle Eastern folk tale, although it takes place in China

Next episode: #72 on Peter Jackson’s film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Previous episode: #70 on Disney’s Frozen

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