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May 31, 2008

Global warbling


"Tectonic Plates: The Musical!" Not really, but not so very far away.

The Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" -- basically a wonky slide show that made Al Gore a movie star and helped him win the Nobel Peace Prize -- will be made into an opera.

According to the AP, Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli has been commissioned to turn the doc into a musical piece of theater for the 2011 season in Milan.

Plenty of movies hopping to theater and back again (as in some recent Tony nominees like "Xanadu" and "Cry-Baby") but low-budget infotainment to La Scala-scale opera? Not bashing the film, but just having a tough time seeing the translation. Complete with pie charts!

But considering what else is on tap at the famous opera house -- a 29-hour work by someone who's described as a "notoriously difficult German composer" -- this could just be one of the least nap-inducing projects of the year.


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