Simon Vozick-Levinson
January 26, 2009 AT 10:26 PM EST

Do you like Michael Jackson’s Thriller? Of course you do! Now, how about a full-length musical-theater extravaganza based on Michael Jackson’s Thriller? Get ready, because it’s on its way, according to the press release that landed in my inbox this morning. Before you start groaning, consider the fact that “This musical will be the exclusive Michael Jackson authorized version of Thriller and Jackson will participate in every aspect of the creative process.” Every aspect! Can you imagine the set designs that guy will come up with? And unlike the awful-sounding unauthorized Thriller Live “jukebox musical” that recently opened in London, this revue will come with a compelling plot — namely, the “horror film spoof” plot of the original “Thriller” video, stretched out to accommodate performances of all kinds of songs from Thriller and Off the Wall. Conclusion: Theatergoers will probably get to see a werewolf* singing “The Girl Is Mine” at some point during the show. What could be more worth an expensive ticket than that?

Okay, look, I have my doubts too. But let’s be honest — there’s a good chance that this musical will end up being more WTF-ishly enjoyable than, say, MJ’s supposed next album. And if all else fails, the producers can always take EW’s Jason Adams’ suggestion and just re-stage that Filipino prison dance number (below)…with werewolves. C’mon, tell me you wouldn’t pay money to see that.

*Important note: According to Wikipedia, Michael Jackson technically transforms into a werecat in the original “Thriller” video, not a werewolf. The press release for this musical says “werewolf,” though, so I’ll take them at their word.

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