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Song-And-Dance Man Steve Rogers To Croon The Tunes Of Alan Menken?

Beaks here...

Remember when we found out Steve Rogers was going to start out touring with the USO in CAPTAIN AMERICA: FIRST AVENGER, and we all got giddy at the idea of Chris Evans channeling his inner James Cagney? Well, while we still don't know precisely what Rogers will be doing to entertain the troops, Badass Digest's Devin Faraci has learned that Academy Award-winning tunesmith might be working up an new song or two for the film.

This is certainly an unexpected turn of events, and suggests that Marvel Studios might be taking a run at next year's Original Song Oscar - which, as an unabashed fan of superheroes and musical theater (so long as treacherous ariel stunts endangering the lives of performers and audience members alike isn't involved), would delight me to no end. That said, Faraci's source seems unsure how Menken is involved (he could just be advising on the music), so let's keep our enthusiasm tempered, okay?

Head over to Badass Digest for the full story! And check out the below embed for Menken at his very best!

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  • Feb. 5, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    What the Fuck?

    by time2323

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST


    by bat725

    This is a joke, right?

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    He's gotta sing the 60's cartoon theme or GTFO. (nt)

    by Triple_J_72

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    "badass digest devin faraci"

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    if you can, somehow watch Jamie Kennedys documentary called "Hecklers"... Faraci appears in it and I swear to you, YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE HOW MUCH OF A DOUCHEBAG HE IS I hate fat people who make money off the internet...

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    This news...

    by blackwood

    ...doesn't excite or infuriate me.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    as blackwood, i find myself completely indifferent

    by stu_pickles

    which is the first time i've said that in regards to captain america

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Why do I get the feeling . . .

    by afrayedknot

    . . . that this will be the type of movie that people will initially think is great, but upon further contemplation, will realize it sucks. I felt that way about "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

  • are we talking about Spiderman, Spiderman 2, X-Men, and X-Men 2? because I have come to realize that

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Superhero Flicks that stand the test of time...

    by Larry Knowles

    These are the superhero flicks that I find myself watching year after year: Superman The Movie and Superman 2 Superman Returns Spiderman 2 Batman and Batman Returns Batman Begins and Dark Knight Iron Man X-Men doesn't really hold my interest.

  • ... Since Howard Ashman died. He hasn't been paired with a lyricist that good since. Still, I love "Yankee Doodle Dandy", so if Menkin can resurrect the spirit of Cohan, then it's all good.

  • it just isn't fair that batman has four good movies. and most probably a fifth coming in 2014 or some ridiculous amount of time we will be forced to wait

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST

    This makes me absurdly happy


    Seriously. If you've ever seen film footage of the old USO tour shows - it's perfect. I hope they don't do it for total laughs, but as a "GOOD SHOW" - simply because, WWII USO tours were pretty damn great. And if you think about the musical numbers in THE ROCKETEER - they were pretty sweet. This literally keeps sounding like my fetish dream. LOVE IT!

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Superhero films NEED MORE SHOWTUNES!

    by Simpsonian

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Menken is greatness.

    by jimbojones123

    Gotta hate something different, huh?

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Didn't he die from A.I.D.S?

    by Eagleone

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Well, the musical number went over so well in Spiderman 3...

    by tonagan

    I remember how the internet was abuzz with how wonderful that jazzy show-stopper was.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    anyone hoping to go to comic con?

    by john

    unless you got your tickets today...when they went on sale...forget it....all sold out i believe this was a record man, i miss the days when we decided the night before to go...stood in line for a half hour...and got right in

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST


    by GrndlWnderer

    It's an interesting go full out and do a USO showtune thing for the troops. Give the piece period weight. Even though Menken has not scored music of the quality of the Ashman/Menken scores, he still is a wonderful tune smith.As for Little Shop of Horrors, this is my favorite piece from it ( and probably one of my all time favorite duets), and I remember, and it still strikes me to this day, when Ellen Green first starts to sing, "Man that little girl has great pipes", and I mean it in both ways it can be taken.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST


    by tomandshell

    It was Howard Ashman who died, not Menken.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Flicks in the past year that stand the test of time:

    by Triple_J_72

    Um... Um...

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    First the Spidey dance, then the Iron Man dance, now...

    by Thanos0145

    the Captain America dance topped off with the U.S. soldiers laughing and making fun of the Kirby/Simon costume.

  • Feb. 6, 2011, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Iron Man 2 had the hero on stage surrounded by dancing girls...

    by Chewtoy

    ...and that was actually pretty cool and perfectly in character. I'm content to wait and see what the scene actually is before getting all worked up about it.

  • Feb. 6, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Yeah I like Menkin

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    So I have faith in this

  • Feb. 6, 2011, 1:19 a.m. CST


    by time2323

    is not the way to describe my thoughts of Evans channeling Cagney. Dread is more apt. There is a high potential for camp with this movie as it is, and adding musical numbers only makes the margin of error smaller. As long as its brief and done for the purpose of establishing the period and context of the war, fine.

  • Feb. 6, 2011, 1:29 a.m. CST

    and maybe…

    by time2323

    the scene will end in an ambush/attack by the Nazis/Hydra. There could be some dramatic contrast there as well as showing the enemies ruthlessness. Given the stills weve seen showing the uso costumed Cap looking somewhat battle damaged, I think this is possible. Regardless, I dont want to see Cap singin' and dancin'.

  • Feb. 6, 2011, 1:36 a.m. CST

    And now folks, here's the Captain with "I got Wings on my Head"

    by Monkeybrains

    Hit it Boys <p> Da-da da-da da dum <p> "I've been thingin', while you've been drinkin', that I've got wings on my head"

  • That could work.

  • Feb. 6, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Quit yer bellyaching, soldiers!

    by PackyMcCracken

    They have clearly said that once it was clear Cap was going to be a one-of-a-kind super-soldier, the powers-that-be decide that combat is too risky and he should be used to sell bonds and perform in the USO. The idea of the super-soldier being reduced to a dancing (and singing) propagandist monkey is perfect. It goes against everything Steve Rogers wanted to do for his country and is a complete waste of a unique resource. It will make it all that much enjoyable when he finally goes off-reservation to fight. As long as he's singing something appropriate to the era and venue and not something like "Super-Soldier of Love", I'm all for it... especially if he's not even a very good singer. (Does the serum improve your pitch too?)

  • Feb. 6, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    I think later we're going to look back on this part of the movie...

    by Immortal_Fish

    ...and all agree that it was the worst part of an otherwise decent movie.

  • Feb. 6, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Song numbers in the middle of films are tricky.

    by rbatty024

    They're hard to pull off and often they take the audience right out of the film. However, when done right they can be a fun reminder that films used to have some vaudeville in their DNA. It's interesting to think that audiences from fifty years ago wouldn't blink an eye at a song and dance number in the middle of a non-musical, but these days it's considered strange.

  • Feb. 6, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST


    by emeraldboy

    you are thinking of howard ashman.

  • Feb. 6, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Michael Giacchino?

    by sapno_krei

    Any word if Michael "Lost" Giacchino has been given scoring duties on this movie? He denied rumors of it a few weeks ago, but I guessed it was probably because several composers were in the running and awaiting a verdict. Giacchino has already proven he can do military adventure music - Medal of Honor series anyone? - and given Johnston's description of an Indiana Jones-y flick, I think Giacchino would be PERFECT.

  • Feb. 6, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    One of my favorite movies...

    by Grimmjow Jeagerjaques

    Damn I love Little Shop Of Horrors. And that song is so fucking badass it's scary. Gotta go to Youtube and see if the alternate ending is there (don't have the original DVD so I've never seen it :( )

  • Feb. 6, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    When Captain America Throws His Mighty Shield!

    by deelzbub

    That song is perfect, and era-appropriate. Hope its included in this scene, somehow.

  • If not, why jump to that conclusion? USO shows have featured comedians, musicians, actors, athletes, magicians... It's not like they all come out and do a tap number while belting out a show tune. Having a USO show opens up the likelihood of there being a musical number, but says nothing about Chris Evans' role in it. And as for it likely being the worst part of the film, I don't feel that way about the musical part of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, although I'm sure that fans would have flipped out if they had heard that Spielberg had worked a full Busby Berkeley musical number into the sequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark.

  • Feb. 6, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Beaks is an idiot for saying

    by thepoohguy

    Little Shop was Menken at his best. Really? Over Beauty and the Beast. An animated film that was actually nominated for Best Picture when there was no Animated category? Little Shop is good don't get me wrong, but nothing compared to the music of Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. And although Ashman was a phenomenal Lyricist, I push you to look at the score and listen to the songs from Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame. Matched up with Stephen Schwartz, the created amazing powerful songs.

  • Feb. 6, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Why not just use actual old songs from the time period, a la Temple of Doom? What's the point of making up a soundalike (at best)? Weird stuff like this (and the no Nazis) has me wondering about this motion picture.

  • Feb. 6, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Hehehehe. They're going for "Third Movie Gay" right off the bat?

    by Subtitles_Off

    Once you've put Chris Evans' head on a high school kid's body, you might as well Glee it all up.

  • Feb. 7, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Hope it's an evolution of the cartoon theme song!!!!!

    by riskebiz

    I would absolutely die and go to geek heaven if that USO show had this song: WHEN CAPTAIN AMERICA THROWS HIS MIGHTY SHIELD, all those to chose to oppose his shield must yield! If he's led to a fight and a duel is due, then the red and white and the blue’ll come through when Captain America throws his mighty shield!!!!!_____