I Found it. The Worst Possible Musical Adaptation.

It’s worse than Catch-22 the musical.

Kaiji is the name of a manga where, among several other things, the title character cuts off his ear to win a card game. In addition, it is focused on the psychological state of every character, which is either arrogant or on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

I like it, but its lack of widespread popularity means that it’s destined to flop like a fish out of water on Broadway. And that’s before you worry about casting, staging, and all the fake blood needed. It’s more than you might think.


Hmm…I dunno. It’s bad, but I still don’t see how it’s worse than Lizzie Borden the Musical, Jack the Ripper the Musical, or 9/11 the Musical. Unless someone sets the Holocaust to music I can’t picture anything worse than those at the moment. ☜(ˆ▿ˆc)

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I’m not saying it would be morally offensive, just that it would be doomed to fail. Trying to make a musical out of a property that is unknown and in a genre that doesn’t lend itself to musicalization is hard enough.

At least it’s not about mahjong.

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Ih, and there’s no romantic subplots or queer representation or subtext. So you already lost most hardcore musical fans already.

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Worse still, showtunes don’t really fit here. The closest thing musically would be something like The Clash or The Ramones-not common sights on The Great White Way.

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