The O.C. Is Getting the Next Best Thing to a Reunion…A One-Night-Only Musical
Teenagers of 2005 brace yourselves: The O.C. is getting the musical treatment. Variety reports that the teen drama, which aired from 2003 to 2007, is being adapted into a one-night-only musical, slated to run August 30 in Los Angeles. The team who did Cruel Intentions: The Musical is behind the project, and has already casted the roles of minor characters Luke Ward (“Welcome to the O.C., bitch”), Kristen Cohen, and show creator Josh Schwartz, who will apparently play a small, non-singing, part in the musical.
The Fox show storied the lives of wealthy Orange County high schoolers and their families — plagued by alcoholism, Ponzi schemes, teen pregnancies — name the scandal, it was part of the plot. It also gave us some of the biggest young Hollywood stars of the mid-aughts: Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, and Rachel Bilson.
We’re not sure what to expect from the on-stage production. Recent musical history suggests that no good thing comes from adapting hit shows and movies to the stage (exhibit A: Spiderman: The Musical), but we sense a bit of comedy and lack of total seriousness to the project — after all, it’s only getting a one-night event in Los Angeles, not a Broadway run in New York. One thing we’re definitely banking on is a cast reunion. The cast of Cruel Intentions reunited for their movie’s musical production, who’s not to say the musical won’t bring Mischa Barton out of wherever she’s been for the last decade.