“George R.R. Martin meets Chris Martin — what could go wrong?” asks Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) in “Game of Thrones: The Musical,” a comedy video in which Coldplay attempt to adapt HBO’s epic fantasy-drama for the Broadway stage. The results, as expected, are disastrous.
As the start of the clip, recorded for the fundraising event Red Nose Day, narrator Liam Neeson tells us that Coldplay are “secretly working” on their Thrones musical. The band begins to flesh out 16 ridiculous songs – from the reggae-tinted “Rastafarian Targaryen” to the Coldplay-sounding “Closer to Home” (“the first romantic ballad about incest in Coldplay’s career”) to the dramatic show-tune “Red Wedding.”
The group attempts to recruit the Thrones cast, but the actors are skeptical. Clarke compares the production to “Titanic, but not in terms of the successful movie – in terms of the unsuccessful boat.” But the cinematic arrival of Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and the promise of free food convinces the cast to take the plunge. This leads to a montage of the musical’s goofiest songs, including horn-driven rocker “A Man for All Seasons (Still Goin’ Strong)” sung by Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister).
Only one problem: George R.R. Martin denies the band permission. Undeterred by the bad news, Chris Martin promises to rework his songs, teasing projects like Breaking Bad: The Ballet, Downton Abbey: The Opera and Taken: On Ice!
Viewers are encouraged to donate to Red Nose Day USA Fund, a “campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh.”