Given that there’s already a Green Day based American Idiot and Rock of Ages Broadway musicals, is it high time that one should me made about Queensrÿche’s Operation: Mindcrime?
By: Ringo Bones
Green Day’s American Idiot the musical – which might be about the George Dubya Bush presidency - had been a runaway Broadway hit, so does Rock of Ages – the musical unabashedly glorifying 1980s era hair metal, but is there another “untapped” musical movement in the punk rock and heavy metal world? Had you checked Queensrÿche’s Operation: Mindrime album for its Broadway musical potential?
Based on Queensrÿche’s 1988 album depicting the political spin and media-manipulation of the Reagan Administration to suit its own political ends, although the narrative of this Album Oriented Rock (AOR) tends to get muddled towards the end despite the music keeping its own holistic theme. Despite being a compelling listen, one planning to make a Broadway style musical based on Queensrÿche’s Operation: Mindcrime album must inevitably borrow elements from the next Queensrÿche album – as in Empire.
Given the spoken word part of the title track of Empire (the last song of Side A for all you lucky vinyl LP owners) goes – “In the fiscal year 1986 to 87, local state and federal governments spend a total of 60.6-billion dollars on law enforcement. Federal law enforcement expenditures rank last in absolute dollars and only account for 6 percent of all federal spending. By way of comparison, the federal government spends 24-million more on space exploration and 43 times more on national defense and international relations than on law enforcement.” Add some Ronald Reagan era pornography and you now have the makings of an instant classic Broadway musical, though there is no guaranteed financial success formula yet when it comes to Broadway musicals. Or would Lunachick's Spoilt The Musical prove to be a more financially secure Broadway musical?