“Uh, the Sandman is a-very much excited to bring his classic Billy Madison character to the Great White Way, a-shoobidy doobidy,” said Adam Sandler in his signature mutter. The adaptation of Mr. Sandler’s 1995 comedy follows Mean Girls, Mrs. Doubtfire, Groundhogs Day, 13 Going on 30, Tootsie, Spiderman, Beetlejuice, A Jimmy Buffet song, Legally Blonde, and the Pirates of Penzance as the latest example of a popular but unrespected piece of intellectual property being turned into a Broadway musical.
The Avocado spoke to the play’s Tony Award viewing producer Dolores Goodegg about the process of turning Billy Madison into a musical.
“My agent told me that a group of financiers wanted to invest in a musical and asked if I knew of any existing IP that would appeal to tourists and that also could be tied into a dinner, skeeball, and a show promotion at Dave and Buster’s Time Square location. I was initially dismissive of the idea and said something like ‘Oh yeah right, like Billy Madison: The Musical?‘, but my agent said ‘Oh yeah, I think that would actually work’ and asked if I was interested in producing it. I was.'”
The musical will tell the story of a privileged man’s exploration of America’s corrupt educational system and feature 11 original songs by Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez as well as adaptations of the film’s original songs “Do You Have Any More Gum” and “So Hot, Want To Touch The Heinie.”
Previews have already sold out and the excitement for the adaptation has led to plans to adapt other Sandler properties including Happy Gilmore, The Water Boy, and Punch Drunk Love (but as a play, gross).
When asked to comment on seeing his work so well received by the theater world, Sandler said he honestly didn’t expect to make this much money in his life. “They just keep throwing it at me, I mean, I don’t even know what to do with it all at this point. Spade is gonna be so pissed.”
“Hey, did you hear they’re making Billy Madison a musical on Broadway?” asked Billy Madison co-star Norm MacDonald to his agent. “Do you think they would want to turn Dirty Work into a musical too?”
“No,” said Norm’s agent instinctively. “Actually, maybe in a few years with the way things are going.”