Ever wonder what it would sound like if Frank Sinatra wrote and sang a song about John Carpenter’s The Thing? L.A. crooner Nick Amado hooked up with creative duo Jon and Al Kaplan (the team who wrote and helmed Silence!, a musical based on Silence of the Lambs) to create John Carpenter’s THE THING: THE MUSICAL! Amado is a spot-on imitator of old “Blue Eyes’” timber and delivery, giving this unlikely mash-up a retro flair that goes way beyond the 1980s. Have a watch/listen!
Official Synopsis: In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot (Kurt Russell) and the camp doctor (Richard Dysart) lead the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off, one by one.
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About Nick Amado: In his early twenties while he was studying film at San Francisco State University, he became enamored with the soundtrack to the 1996 indie film ‘Swingers’. As a result, he sought out the music of Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat “King” Cole and others of the bygone era and style. He has been listening to that music now for over 15 years and his style is strongly influenced by these artists.
About Jon and Al Kaplan: In 2005, Jon and Al composed several new songs and expanded Silence! into a live musical. They wrote an Airplane!-style screenplay, Silence! The Musical, that was adapted for the stage by Tony-nominee Hunter Bell; the show was mounted by director and Tony-winner Christopher Gattelli at the 2005 NYC Fringe Festival, where it won the “Overall Excellence Award” for Outstanding Musical. In 2010, Silence! re-opened in London at the Above the Stag Theatre and had a successful run. The following summer, the show opened Off Broadway at Theatre 80 to rave reviews. The run was extended for three months, after which Silence! transferred to The 9th Space Theater at Performance Space 122, and subsequently to the Elektra Theatre on 8th Ave. and 42nd Street. The show also played a three-and-a-half-month run at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles in the fall of 2012, and went on to win a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Score.