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5 Banksy Works Imagined as Musicals

September 19, 2018 by Suzy Evans
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“Becoming Banksy” at the Redwood Theatre explores what happens when a British tourist gets mistaken for the famously private artists while on vacation in Toronto.

In honor of the show, which is heading to New York next and is running Sept. 26-Oct. 14 in Toronto, we reimagined some of Banksy’s most-famous artworks as musicals.

Get tickets to see “Becoming Banksy” at the Redwood. 


“Girl With a Balloon” = “Annie”
Can’t you see it? Just imagine the red balloon represents love, which Annie is constantly searching for. Maybe there’s another balloon on the way bringing her the love she receives at the end of the 1976 musical.

“Mobile Lovers” = “The King and I”
Come on, these two people are literally kissing in the shadows, like Tuptim and Lun Tha in the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. We’re pretty sure that was Banksy’s inspiration for this piece. (Though they didn’t have cell phones back then…)

“Made in London” = “Caroline, or Change”
Okay, so there isn’t a dustpan character in the Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner musical, but there is a washer, dryer, and radio. Boy does this woman look down on her luck and like she could use the young Noah by her side to help her along (and she would also help him).

“Love is in the Air (Flower Throwers)” = “Hair”
Can’t you see the sun shining in? The radicals of the 1960s in the 1968 musical have the same energy of this protestor throwing flowers. We’re pretty sure he could play Claude.

“Cheating Wife” = “Into the Woods”
Okay, so they’re not in the woods, but just imagine the hanging man is the prince and the Baker’s Wife is ashamed of their secret affair. The Baker is obviously none the wiser.