I was wondering the other day if perhaps, plotwise, we could sort of make the first act an adaptation of a mixture of cases - A Scandal in Bohemia, the Sign of Four, etc, with it leading up to a bit of The Final Problem and have the first act end on the cliffhanger of Sherlock supposedly dying at Reichenbach, (though it might even be more interesting since a lot of the fans know this to make it someone else like John instead who “dies”). Then the intermission could include a slight joke about the Hiatus. Then the second act could be start of the Empty House with the “dead” character returning and the loose ends of the cases being slowly tied up.
Though having said that, I think an important thing to do to make it interesting is to really play with viewer expectation, and so mix everything up to make something new.
Perhaps also if instead of starting with John and Sherlock meeting, it was set after they’d met and they had, (in this cracky musical AU) already established relationships with all the characters, including ones like Irene Adler or Mary Morstan who we might want to include. Jim could even be a friend of theirs who was actually evil all along - the delivery guy or the neighbour or a fanboy of Sherlock’s.
Feedback and more ideas would be great, I just want to know if I’m going in totally the wrong direction with this or if I’m doing something right.
I definitely like the idea of using bits of various stories, but how exactly they can be tied together in, say, a one-and-a-half-hour act is going to be tricky because they’re all so different, but if anyone can figure that out, it’d be great. I don’t want it to be too similar to “The Great Game” in the plot (with the end of Act/Series 1 being similar to “The Final Problem”), so that’s also a challenge, but I’ll give it all some thought. If it can be done while making it seem different enough from TGG, then I’m all for it. And John “dying” just may twist it up enough for it to work… :3
And I am weirdly into the idea that Sherlock and Jim are ex-boyfriends who just had a really freakin bad breakup (and therefore would already know each other, and it’d give them a bunch of extra motives), but if anyone has any beef with this idea, let me know. And starting the play with John and Sherlock already living together might work well because it could save us some time that we’d have to waste explaining how they met.