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“Mars Attacks” Broadway Musical Announced

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Posted on March 30, 2012 AT 11:07am

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IDW and Topps have announced that they are co-producing a Broadway musical based on the “Mars Attacks” trading card series.

Called “Mars Attacks: 21st Century Slaughter,” the musical is being written and produced by John Layman, who is currently writing the “Mars Attacks” comic books.

In the release, Layman is quoted as saying, “My approach to ‘Mars Attacks’ on stage is sort of a science fiction version of ‘West Side Story’: a human and a Martian involved in a star-crossed romance, set against the backdrop of a violent interstellar war, with all of humanity caught in between! It’s going to be a rollicking good time, with songs that will make you want to get up and dance!”

The play is slated to debut next year, with Topps and IDW currently “in negotiations with a high-profile director/songwriter team.”

They are also, “…seeking a seven-foot tall male lead with extensive rock vocal experience.”

Layman’s “Mars Attacks” comics will be out this June, while a new, commemorative card set will be out in July.

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