Pretty much every movie or popular novel you can think of has at some point been attempted as a musical. This is not a joke. I read a couple of books about Broadway flops over Christmas, and the strange and forgotten debris of the Great White Way includes tune-filled takes on the likes of Shogun, Gone with the Wind, David Copperfield, East of Eden, Elmer Gantry, Georgy Girl, La Strada, Lolita (!) and, most notoriously, Stephen King's Carrie, which is getting an off-Broadway revival in March.
Which brings us to The Big L, a musical version of the cult comedy The Big Lebowski. We don't know the set list, which we hypothesize could include the likes of "It Tied the Whole Room Together," "The Dude Abides," "Magical Bowling Dream Ballet" and, we can only hope, "Theme to Branded." You will have only two days to find out the truth at this rock opera, which cannot possibly hope to top Stand!, my rock opera of Stephen King's The Stand I wrote in my head while drunk last fall. —Zack Smith