The Exorcist Is Coming To The Stage!
No, not as a musical, thereby depriving us of such surefire show stoppers as "The Devil Made Me Do It," "Soup For Two," and "Demon That Got Away".
It will be a straight play, which seems to be following in the Carrie tradition of making a horror classic more tasteful for the new age.
The Carrie musical was recently revived with way less lunacy and only suggested blood at the prom.
Well, The Exorcist--which will star Brooke Shields as mom and Richard Chamberlain as the older priest--similarly aims for talk over effects.
Says John Pielmeier (Agnes of God), who's adapting the 1971 William Peter Blatty novel:
"The story of the battle between faith and evil needed no spinning heads or green vomit.
"The horror should unfold instead on a simple set with an incredible cast and the central conflict between doubting Father Karras and the demon should be a series of debates, in which the young girl possessed is the least of the figures present."
A series of debates with no songs at all?
Well, fortunately John Doyle is directing, which means at least the cast will be holding tubas.