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Facebook IPO: The Musical

In keeping with the usual screen-to-stage progression, Facebook, which has already inspired a movie, was due to inspire a musical. And it has. Sort of. CDZA, a collective that creates “musical video experiments,” rings in the Facebook IPO with a mini-musical about the life of Mark Zuckerberg. Though it’s not even four minutes long, and a parody rewrite of other successful musicals, it’s still probably going to get better reviews than “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”

The chorus of CDZA gives a nod to “Cats,” “Hair,” “Sweeney Todd,” ”Les Miserables,” “Rent,” and “West Side Story,” among others, ending with a Playbill of Mark Zuckerberg’s face.

The timing is impeccable, of course — Post reporter Hayley Tsukayama reported today that Facebook will offer as many as 421 million shares in the IPO, and earlier this week, the company raised the price range to $34 to $38 per share. Facebook is expected to make its market debut Friday, four days after Zuckerberg’s 28th birthday.

Could “The Social Network” fly as a real musical? There’s no talk of it yet, but judging from how many film adaptations were nominated for Tony awards this year, a lot of people would click “like.”

View Photo Gallery: In seven years, the social networking site has grown from a project hatched in a college dorm to the largest social networking site in the world, well on its way to hitting its goal of having 1 billion users.
Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts.

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