Theatre / Phoenix Wright Musical Project

Back in 2008, there was a idea posted on the Court Records forum. Said idea then exploded into a revolution, which quickly gained its own website, which can be found here.

The Phoenix Wright Musical Project is, well, a project to make a musical based on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. It follows the story of the first game, and the writers have tried to adapt it as faithfully as possible.

At this point, the musical is well into production, with the script and songs completed and a full-CD in production. As of April 2010, the musical is currently in talk to be licensed by Capcom under the name "Turnabout Musical". As of June 2011, a CD of "Highlights From Turnabout Musical!" has become available for download through their website. In December 2015, after years of waiting, the complete original soundtracknote  was finally released.

Matthew Taranto, AKA TriforceBun, is the voice of Phoenix Wright and has since become the creator and head writer of Brawl in the Family.

It has inspired the Ghost Trick Musical, which is officially the sister project of this.

This musical provides examples of:

  • Accent Adaptation: Several characters are given an accent to reflect their personality.
    • American Accents: April May is given a Joisey accent, where Redd White dons the stereotypical, uppercrust snob accent peppered all over American media.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Averted, the musical is approximately as long as the game.
    • Played straight with case 3, which is condensed from three days to two.
  • Animated Adaptation
  • Artistic License - Geography: Done intentionally with Redd White - he claims that the statue in his office is a Paris original from Canada, and that he loves "the mountain with the Presidents' heads" and the "big tower that leans to the side" there.
  • Cultural Translation: It's based on the USA localization.
  • Darker and Edgier: A minor example, but the musical adds lines that would never be allowed in the games, for example:
    Gumshoe: You can call him Missile, he'll find any drugs or clues you need!
    Phoenix: Well, he should come in handy if the Gourd Lake Monster's been smoking weed.
    • In "600,000 Volts", Manfred von Karma makes several threats to kill Phoenix and Maya if they don't hand over a piece of evidence, the most notable being "The trial is now ending/Now your life's depending/On lending that parchment you see" and "You ought to know better/Now give me that letter/Lest you watch your girlfriend be slain". It's especially dark when one remembers what he's actually done before, and then Fridge Horror sets in.
  • Early Byrde Cameo:
    • Despite her first canonial appearance being Justice for All, Maggey Byrde shows up alongside Gumshoe during the first song and is mentioned by him later on.
    • Furio Tigre also pops up in the same song, despite not appearing until Trials and Tribulations in the game. His hair is down and he's wearing a fedora, but he slicks his hair back into spikes when he sees Phoenix.
    • Dustin Prince, also from Justice for All, appears as the court bailiff.
    • Lana Skye and Mike Meekins, both from Rise From the Ashes, the game's bonus fifth case, have cameo appearances.
    • In the spoof song "It's Gotta Be The Insanity", Moe (from Justice for All) and Godot (from Trials and Tribulations) both appear.
  • Evil Laugh: Redd White gives out a maniacal cackle at the end of "Redd White and You". Manfred von Karma uses a deeper, more menacing variety in "Anything to Win" and "600,000 Volts (Out of My Way)".
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Winston Payne, although it's not much worse than his usual voice.
  • Hypocrite: In "Justice For All (Reprise)", von Karma accuses Phoenix of having used any dirty tactics possible to win. This being after Phoenix jumps through nine million hoops to work around von Karma's own dirty tactics and use legitimate evidence to make his points.
    • Granted the accusation probably isn't driven any belief that his opponent cheating would've been wrong, just that catching him in the act would win him the trial.
  • Ignored Epiphany: "Decree of the Prosecutor" has Edgeworth pause and consider his actions, as well as how justified he is in his all-guilty record. He ultimately decides that the ends justify the means, since putting all suspects in jail is the safest thing to do, so he can ensure other families don't go through what he did.
  • Insult Backfire:
    Payne: "You should just walk out that door!"
    Mia and Phoenix leave.
  • Large Ham: EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER. It's a musical based on Phoenix Wright, it's to be expected.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Taken even further than the source material.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Anything To Win.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: Anything To Win.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • Oftentimes Phoenix. Take 'The Samurai Always Wins', for example:
    Cody: And I stood nearby when the Samurai shot lasers from his eyes.
    Phoenix: Wait, what?
    Cody: And he flew up high, reaching to the sky— a bright metallic sheen!
    Phoenix: Oh boy...
    • Which is followed by this:
    Phoenix: Cody, what kind of murderer uses a 'Samurai Slap'? Or, for that matter, shoots lasers from his eyes?
    • Surprisingly, the Judge of all people has shades of this.
    • "A Guy You Can Trust" almost entirely consists of Phoenix applying logic to Gumshoe's ridiculous ideas (specifically, thinking a drug-detection dog, a fishing pole, and a metal detector would be at all useful in catching a lake monster).
    Phoenix: We're looking for a monster, not change in someone's pants!
    Gumshoe: Well, you never know, pal! It may have been eating soda cans!
    Phoenix: Of course!
  • Punk in the Trunk: Referenced by Wendy Oldbag in "The Way Things Were"
    What would you know/ You disrespectful punk?/ Back in my day, if you talked like that/ We'd lock you in a trunk!
  • Reprise Medley: "Dawn of a New Trial", which reprises "Justice for All", "Make It Right", "Decree of the Prosecutor", "I'll Be There", and "The Objection Song".
  • Running Gag: "Did you say... past?"
  • Stylistic Suck: The Rookie Killer, The Scent Of Fresh Lemons and Pasta Shop.
  • That Was Objectionable
  • The Song Before The Storm: Tomorrow, at Last, which takes place on the night before the final battle between Phoenix Wright and Manfred von Karma.
  • Villain Song: For Redd White, Edgeworth, and Manfred VonKarma.
  • World of Ham: To be expected. After all, it's a musical based on Ace Attorney.