This story is just so weird/amazing that we had to tell you about it. If you’ve let your Wii been gathering dust for the last couple of years, waiting for the ultimate party game to bring the whole family together publisher Tubby Games has you covered with the sounds of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Yes, that’s right, the man behind some of the most memorable Broadway musicals, from Cats to Jesus Christ Superstar to The Phantom of the Opera, will be providing his catalogue to the masses. Set to release in the UK on September 18, Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals: Sing and Dance will amass 32 of the composer’s showtunes from 13 of his most renowned hits.
The game’s title and mode names may not inspire as much creativity as Webber’s work, but players can participate in the “Sing,” “Dance” and “Career” portions of the game. The first two modes are self-explanatory karaoke and rhythm games, but the third combines the two for a longer campaign mode that hopefully will explore Webber’s expansive history in some intriguing ways. I may not expect The Beatles: Rock Band, but even still, his career is certainly an interesting and memorable one.
Performances included will be from Broadway stars, such as Donny Osmond and Michael Crawford, but unfortunately American audiences have not been provided with a release date. I personally think this is a great idea for a game… had it come at the height of the Wii’s popularity. Despite most of the country not having ready access to attending Broadway shows, Webber’s music has become some of the most recognizable out there, and the allure of his many successes would likely lead to impressive sales. At this point in the Wii’s lifecycle, however, I’m not sure the possible audience will care about the title. Either way, the game’s success or failure in the UK will likely determine a US release.