REEFER MADNESS FAQ 2008
Q: IS THERE A MOVIE OF THE MUSICAL REEFER MADNESS?
A: Yup. It was adapted for the screen by Kevin & Dan and directed by Andy Fickman. It stars stage show alums John Kassir, Christian Campbell, Kristen Bell, Harry S. Murphy, Michael Goorjian and Robert Torti, joined by new cast members Alan Cumming, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Spanger, Steven Weber and Neve Campbell. It airs periodically on Showtime. The DVD was released November 2005 and is available for purchase through many online vendors, including www.amazon.com.
Q: WHAT BONUS MATERIAL IS ON THE DVD?
A: The DVD includes a copy of the original 1936 black and white film, a short making-of documentary “Grass Roots” that aired on Showtime and an audio commentary track with Christian Campbell, Amy Spanger, Andy Fickman, Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney. Also, the first printing of the DVD was treated so the out case smelled like yummy pot brownies. Go figure.
Q: CAN I BUY A CD OF REEFER MADNESS MUSIC?
A: Yes! It’s taken forever, but Dan and Kevin have been busting ass trying to get the rights clear for the CD. A deal has been struck with boutique label Sh-K-Boom to release a special collector edition of the original movie soundtrack, packaged with a re-issue of the original Los Angeles Cast Album. The movie soundtrack has been re-edited, re-mixed and re-mastered for CD and sounds terrific. We’re also including five bonus karaoke “sing-along” tracks with vocals removed. Once released the album will be available everywhere, including iTunes. Visit www.ghostlightrecords.com to order it. For more information, here.
Q: CAN I BUY THE PLAYSCRIPT TO REEFER MADNESS?
A: Yes. It’s $12 plus $3 shipping. Send $15 via www.Paypal.com to Kevin@reefermadness.org. Be sure to include a mailing address and indicate that you want the script.
Q: CAN I BUY THE SHEET MUSIC TO REEFER MADNESS?
A: Yes. It’s $45 plus $6 shipping for the entire piano/vocal score. It contains most of the music and lyrics from the 2001 Off-Broadway production with complete piano charts. Email $51 to Kevin@reefermadness.org through www.paypal.com and you’ll get your score in the mail. Be sure to include your mailing address.
Q: DOES THE PIANO/VOCAL SCORE CONTAIN “MARY JANE/MARY LANE”?
A: “Mary Jane/Mary Lane” was written especially for the film. Since we liked the song so much (and since it won an Emmy Award), we worked it into the stage show. It replaces “Dead Old Man.”
Q: CAN I GET A COPY OF THE LYRICS TO REEFER MADNESS?
A: The L.A. cast album contains the complete lyrics for that production in the CD booklet. Several songs were added, and many existing lyrics were revised for the 2001 production, as well as the film. A complete set of definitive REEFER lyrics can be purchased by emailing $6.00 to Kevin@reefermadness.org via www.paypal.com. The lyrics will be emailed to you as an Adobe PDF file. Free viewer is available from www.adobe.com.
Q: HOW DOES MY THEATRE COMPANY OBTAIN THE RIGHTS TO PRODUCE REEFER MADNESS: THE MUSICAL?
A: Stock, amateur and professional performance rights for REEFER MADNESS: THE MUSICAL are available and should be referred to Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatricals (www.rnh.com).
The R&H Concert
Q: I SAW THE SHOW IN NEW YORK AND THE SCORE WAS DIFFERENT FROM THE CD. WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THAT?
A: Like we said above, REEFER MADNESS has undergone significant revisions since it originally opened in Los Angeles. Some of these changes were incorporated near the end of the LA run, some were tailored specifically for the New York production, and some were done for the movie. Here's a quick rundown:
LOS ANGELES VERSION #1
The play originally opened on April 29, 1999 at Gary Blumsack’s Hudson Backstage Theatre in Hollywood. The original Los Angeles cast CD features the score as it was performed for the first ten months of this run. The only exception is the song “We Know Best” which was deleted two weeks after we opened. The song appears on the Los Angeles CD as a bonus track.
LOS ANGELES VERSION #2
Near the end of the Los Angeles run, the play was optioned by the Nederlander Organization and Verna Harrah, with the intention to transfer the production to New York. They paid for the production to shut down for two weeks of rewrites and rehearsals. At this point, new choreographer Paula Abdul came aboard.
NEW YORK VERISON
Soon afterwards, the Los Angeles production shuttered for good in preparation for the move to Off-Broadway. During rehearsals in New York, Kevin and Dan made some additional changes to the play. Here are the major ones:
Kevin and Dan adapted “Reefer” for the screen. Their screenplay made many changes to the plot and the score. Adjustments to the score included:
FINAL PUBLISHED VERSION
After the movie was released, Dan and Kevin proved unable to resist the temptation to fiddle with the show one more time. Here are the major changes from the NYC stage version:
Many plot and lyric revisions made for the movie were retroactively written into the stage show. These changes include Sally driving the car that kills the old man, a happy ending (of sorts) for Mae and Jimmy, Mary’s ascension to heaven, Ralph joining Jimmy for the church break-in scene, and the bonfire sequence.
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