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Whatever your biggest boat, is Jaws good material for a musical?


First comer The shark is broken – an Olivier-nominated sword-loop trio who took a behind-the-scenes look at a troubled blockbuster Jaws.

Now, across the Atlantic in Seattle, Bandstand creators Robert Taylor (book/lyrics) and Richard Oberacker (music/book/lyrics) attempted to pull off a similar trick by planning the piecemeal production of the legendary film, which seemed doomed when conceived.

But just because the movie was an old-time hit story doesn’t mean the musical would be too. The principle of the stage show is relatively simple: bruce (named after the nickname of the shark) “follows the development of Jaws from the original form to the long and troubled six-month shoot. Steven Spielberg (Jarrod Spector) is a young director with childlike wonder and is ready to do the “Big One”, as expressed in the opening number. Fresh out of a low budget movie, Jaws is his chance to prove to Universal and the public that he has what it takes to be as good as his cinematic heroes.”

So far so simple – a “fearless creative succeeding against all odds” kind of show – as Sunday in the park with Georgebut more Six months in the ocean with Steve.

Unfortunately, the creators might have something of a sinking feeling after opening night: our reviewer in Seattle said the show is “musically uninteresting”, and that “we have little time to worry about what happens”.

This is Spector (Beautiful) as Spielberg who seems to receive the most praise: “bruce is told through the eyes of Spielberg, who often makes asides to the audience, both sung and spoken. Although Spielberg’s childlike view of the world is directly referenced throughout, his passion and enthusiasm are heightened by Spector’s sprightly performance.”

There may be light at the end of the tunnel – if our critic is certainly critical, he does not denounce either the attempt or the form, but rather the result. With a longer runtime and greater focus on the character, there may still be life for the show.

Read the full review here