It’s funny how life sometimes imitates art, or in this case art imitates life.
Several weeks ago I got an e-mail from the producer of the House of Hair, Pam Edwards, saying that she had read online that Twisted Sister was turning our Christmas Album, “A Twisted Christmas” into a musical. I told her that what she read was completely wrong and they must have gotten confused with talk of Twisted Sister bringing our annual holiday concerts to Broadway (which we are). Not two days later, I received a call from Twisted guitarist and manager, Jay Jay French, telling me that we had been approached by MAJOR national promoters about us turning our album into a musical. I’m not sure if the online blurb had given them the idea or if somehow their intent to approach us had been leaked to the internet. Either way, the idea was to create a free standing show that Twisted Sister would not necessarily have to star in or perform, allowing “A Twisted Christmas – The Musical” to be performed by other casts during the holiday season. I was taken aback by the inquiry (especially since I had just heard the rumor days earlier), but was intrigued by the challenge. Could I come up with an idea?
Within a couple of days, I had written a treatment for the musical (that’s basically a glorified outline) and within a few weeks I had finished the first draft of the script. So here’s the deal:
In 2009, Twisted Sister is planning on debuting “A Twisted Christmas – The Musical”. It will be a two hour show (with intermission) containing about 20 songs with scripted dialog and narration in between telling the story of a fictitious band. The music will be a combination of songs from “A Twisted Christmas”, Twisted Sister classics and rarities and eight NEW Twisted Sister songs written for the show. I know I’ve said in the past that there would not be any more new Twisted Sister music, but I must say that I am inspired by this project and have changed my position. Hey, it’s a Sister’s prerogative! To this end, song writing has commenced for a new Twisted Sister album that will be a companion piece to the Christmas album. We are planning to begin recording in January and I foresee a summer or fall ’09 release for the new record. This is a MAJOR undertaking for the band, but I don’t know when we’ve all been this fired up and inspired. Our hope is that eventually there will be multiple casts out each year performing this show during the Christmas holiday season. So there you have it.
Oh, you want to know what the show is about? Well, you’re just going to have to wait a little longer to find out that….
Still making The Metal!