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Cartoons live on stage? Just 'Scooby-Doo' it

Scooby and crew in the mystery machine

Scooby and crew in the mystery machine Credit: Scooby and crew in the mystery machine

Scooby-Doo and the gang are escaping the screens big and small and making their way to the stage.

"Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries" brings the four mystery solvers and their dog to the Beacon Theatre, where they'll sing, dance and figure out just who is committing crimes while dressed up like a monster of some sort.

"Our show is very similar to the cartoon," says Cody Collier, who plays Scooby. "All of your favorite 'Scooby-Doo' characters are here and we stay very true to all of the animated series' trademark actions."

So yes, Scooby will be noshing on some Scooby snacks, though don't be miffed if he doesn't share with the audience.

Collier does say that while the stage Scooby is consistent with the cartoon character, he does mix in "a fresh taste of theatricality for the live show."

And he does all that while wearing a giant, furry dog costume, which is not easy.

"Wearing the Scooby suit all day is definitely a very hot and a very physically taxing task," Collier says. "But as long as I drink lots of water and take care of my body, I'm able to adjust to it just fine. The rest of the cast and crew do an excellent job taking care of me and making sure I'm OK throughout the run of the show. They pamper me so well, sometimes I feel like I should be a Poodle instead of a Great Dane!"

While "Scooby-Doo Live!" is a good start for an animated series turned stage show, here are three other cartoons we'd like to see live:

'Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man'
WHAT IT IS: A raunchy private eye series about Eric Duckman and his family. Duckman would solve mysteries each week with the help of his pal and partner Cornfed Pig.
WHY IT WOULD WORK: Duckman was voiced by Jason Alexander, who, besides being a great comic actor, is a Broadway veteran.

'Animaniacs'
WHAT IT IS: An off-kilter toon about the Warner Brothers and Sister - Yakko, Wakko and Dot - and their zany (to the max) adventures. The show is an anthology of sorts, also featuring recurring characters such as would-be world conquerors Pinky and the Brain.
WHY IT WOULD WORK: The show was basically a musical already, with countless memorable songs. Who wouldn't want to see Yakko sing "All the Words in the English Language" live?

'Space Ghost Coast to Coast'
WHAT IT IS: A talk show in which the '60s hero interviews celebrities while his villains now work on his show, including bandleader Zorak. "SGCTC" is the forerunner to Adult Swim.
WHY IT WOULD WORK: The format is super-easy to recreate on stage, and different celebrities could come onto the show, giving people a reason to go see it multiple times.


If you go: "Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries" plays at the Beacon Theatre Friday through Sunday. 2124 Broadway, 212-465-6500, beacontheatre.com.

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