Funny or Die stages 'The Wire: The Musical'
Is there any way to improve on HBO’s critically acclaimed series “The Wire”? Well, it could be turned into a Broadway musical, of course.
Before fans of the beloved drama cry foul, protective of the legacy of the TV series that closely examined the drug-ridden streets of Baltimore, it should be noted that the musical is all in good humor, courtesy of the folks at Funny or Die.
The parody managed to recruit nearly half the original cast, including Larry Gilliard Jr. (D'Angelo Barksdale), Felicia Pearson (Snoop), Andre Royo (Bubbles), Sonja Sohn (Kima) and Michael K. Williams (Omar), where they employ their best jazz hands.
In the four-minute clip, they manage to turn the gritty street tales into something more family-friendly and tease the musical's cheery songs such as "Omar's Comin,' " "It's All in the Game" and a sad ballad, "I'm Just a Burner," told from the point of view of the prepaid cellphones used by drug dealers.
Check out Omar breaking into song and dance, a singing syringe and Snoop in a dress (yeah girl, your hair looks good) below:
Now, if only Funny or Die would give the musical treatment to a few other critically acclaimed dramas that have made all-time best lists. “Oz,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Sopranos” and “The West Wing” come to mind.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: In an image from a video released by Funny or Die, actor Michael Kenneth Williams, best known as Omar Little in the HBO series "The Wire," reprises his role for the comedy video "The Wire: The Musical." Credit: Funny or Die / Associated Press.