The news first hit two years ago that comedy legend John Cleese was adapting his 1988 comedy, A Fish Called Wanda into a Broadway musical, and whether he was looking to cash in on some easy money or truly felt that the comedy classic was destined for a song and dance treatment, we'll never know. But, what we do know is that whether we like it or not, the musical is going full steam ahead. Over at Chortle, the UK Comedy Guide, it was announced that Bill Bailey, a stand-up comedian and musician has signed on to help Cleese and his daughter write the music for the movie musical, and even though I'll admit that a Wanda musical isn't exactly at the top of my wish list (after all it isn't easy to sing and stutter at the same time), it's certainly a better proposition than a remake.

So in typical Cleesian fashion, the comedian announced that they would "...start to work on the songs for the show with Bill Bailey, who, among his many achievements, is an honorary member of the Society of Crematorium Organists. This musical is destined to be a hit amongst funeral directors," and according to Bailey, the plan is to premiere the show in San Diego before moving on to Broadway and London's The West End (also known as 'the big time'). Considering the success of another 'Python's' success on the Great White Way, you can't blame Cleese for looking to get in on the action, and while money probably isn't his only motivation, keep in mind, this is the same man who named his comedy tour How To Finance Your Divorce.
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