FOUND: Legendary 1996 Star Wars musical crushed by George Lucas

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Dec 14, 2012

Back in 1996, a bunch of high school kids turned Star Wars: A New Hope into a rock opera and ended up selling out every show (that's the good news) and getting a cease-and-desist order from George Lucas (that's the not-so-good news).

If you weren't there during the show's three-night run, all you've been able to see at best is a few small clips on YouTube. But now the whole legendary (and adorable) production has made its way online.

The music that accompanies the lyrics isn't original—the creators married their words to arrangements from musicals such as Godspell and Les Miserables plus other songs—but hearing the Mos Eisley cantina scene sung to the tune of "One Night in Bangkok" is just fine with us.

Check out the first part of the production below.

SWTM 1.1, subtitles from Funny Farm Films on Vimeo.

If after that taste you're up to see the whole thing, then head on over to Salon.